Remember Sandy Hook
Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre victim Chase Kowalski was already an accomplished athlete at the age of 7, having completed his first triathlon and taking great pleasure in the game of baseball.
In an obituary published on Legacy.com, Chase’s family said he was “a fun-loving energetic boy that had a true love of life.” He had also run in many community road races, and enjoyed baseball practice with his father and teammates.
Chase was a Cub Scout, and could often be found in the yard playing ball, or riding his bike or quad, his family said.
He was also always excited to attend the kids’ workshop at the Trumbull Home Depot.
“He was greatly loved by his family. He joins his maternal uncle and grandfather, his paternal great grandmother and grandmother in a much better place,” his family said.
Chase’s family will receive friends at the Spadaccino and Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home in Monroe, Conn., from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday. A prayer vigil is being held throughout the afternoon.
Charlotte Bacon loved the color pink.
Her family said they will remember how the 6-year-old with curly, red hair expressed her individuality through her favorite color, according to her obituary.
On Friday, the day she was killed in Sandy Hook Elementary School, Charlotte was wearing an outfit bought specifically for the holidays: a pink dress and boots, her uncle, John Hagen, of Nisswa, Minn., told Newsday.
Charlotte had been begging her mother, JoAnn, to let her wear the outfit to school. Her mother relented on Friday. By the age of 6, it seems, Charlotte had mastered the art of persuasion.
Family members said they would remember Charlotte’s beautiful smile and energy for life.
Charlotte loved kicking and throwing punches during weekly taekwondo lessons with her father, Joel, and 9-year-old brother, Guy.
"She was going to go some places in this world," Hagen told the newspaper. "This little girl could light up the room for anyone."
Since the age of 2, Charlotte wanted to be to be a veterinarian, according to her obituary.
In her six years of life, she had never come across an animal she didn’t like, her family said.
Joel Bacon is a scientist and JoAnn Bacon is a stay-at-home mother who served as her daughter’s Girl Scout leader, the Wall Street Journal reported. They have lived in Sandy Hook for four or five years.
Charlotte’s grandparents are retired missionaries who moved to Sandy Hook this year to be closer to their grandchildren, according to David Dougherty, of Highlands Ranch, Colo., a former colleague of Dan Bacon, Joel’s father.
Charlotte’s family said they will remember her as “an extraordinarily gifted 6-year-old who filled her family each day with joy and love.”
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Catherine Hubbard <3
As with so many, the ABC family has been touched directly by the tragedy in Sandy Hook.
One of the young victims, Catherine Hubbard, is the niece of an ABC News employee.
Here is a statement from the family:
“We are greatly saddened by the loss of our beautiful daughter, Catherine Violet and our thoughts and prayers are with the other families who have been affected by this tragedy.
“We appreciate the overwhelming support from our community that we have received over the past 24 hours.
“We also wish to express our gratitude for all of the emergency responders who responded to this tragic incident as well as the teachers and staff of Sandy Hook School. Our local police and fire departments and the other agencies who are working on this continuing investigation have been incredible.
“We also want to recognize outstanding work of The Connecticut State Police who have been supporting us from the very beginning of this ordeal and continue to provide unwavering support to our family.
“We have no further statement to make at this time and ask that we be afforded the opportunity to grieve with our friends and family.
“We ask that you continue to pray for us and the other families who have experienced loss in this tragedy.
“Jennifer and Matthew Hubbard”
"You were a sweet little girl and you will be missed."
That’s how Paige Tremblay said goodbye to 6-year-old Caroline Previdi on Twitter Saturday. Tremblay’s 6-year-old niece was a playmate of Previdi’s, according to her feed. “It hurts even more to see a familiar name on that list,” she said in a later tweet.
People who knew Caroline added their condolences to a recently published Facebook page called “RIP Caroline Previdi - Sandy Hook Massacre Victim,” in addition to comments from people all around the world. Many of them described the girl as “precious” and a “little angel,” like so many of the children lost Friday. A photo of Caroline posted to the page shows a girl with a wide, toothy grin, described by one poster as contagious, spread across her cherubic face, with a light blue bow in her shoulder-length brown hair.
Taylor Smith said on Facebook that she will miss playing with Caroline on visits to the Previdi household.
"I will see you again someday Caroline and we can play soccer and hide-and-seek like we always did when I came over," the post from Sunday morning read. "You showed me what it was like to be a kid again."
One person who never met Caroline said that just seeing her photo was enough to leave a hole in his heart.
"(I don’t) even know her but I miss her already," Kevin Wallace’s post said.
Lobis described Ben as a kid in overdrive.
"There was no dimmer switch or governor plate on this kid," Lobis said. "He didn’t walk anywhere. He ran."
During a recent performance, the musically inclined youth sprinted from his seat to the stage, played a beautiful piano piece, then got up and sprinted back to his seat, according to Lobis, who saw a video of the recital. Ben’s parents are both artists. His father David is an illustrator who previously worked as an actor, and his mother Francine, is a music teacher. It was Ben’s birth that prompted them to leave the city behind and find a quieter home.
They completed their move in April.
Ben’s gestures of love to his family will never be forgotten.
"He always blew us kisses and he would say ‘Catch it and put it in your heart,’" she said. "The last time I saw him was two weeks ago when I dropped him off at Sunday school."
Ben loved bacon and eggs, and whenever he visited his grandparents in Garnet Valley, he couldn’t leave until grandma prepared his favorite breakfast.
When Carmen and Antoinette heard the news about the shooting, they packed up their car and began the trip to Newtown. Along the way, news reports started coming over the radio about the devastating losses.
"It was the longest car ride of my life," Carmen said. Ben’s older brother, Nate, a 9-year-old who also attended Sandy Hook Elementary School, was safe, but Ben was missing. "Everyone is devastated … (His parents) are just focused on putting their lives back together."
His grandfather talked of Ben’s potential and how he was certain his grandson would go on to do great things.
"He was so exceptional. I said to Francine that he’s going to accomplish so many things in his life. He was really going to do something special," Carmen said. "Maybe he won’t accomplish it in life, but maybe in death he will."
NEWTOWN, Conn. - Avielle Richman’s spirit drew people in.
Those who knew the 6-year-old girl with curly, brown hair will remember her infectious smile, peals of laughter and her spirit, according to her obituary.
Avielle moved to Newtown last year with her parents, Jennifer Hensel and Jeremy Richman. She was among those killed Friday when a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
She spent the summer swimming, going to the library and practicing archery. Avielle also went on a 1,300-mile road trip with her family from Sandy Hook to Iowa, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, based in Waterloo, Iowa.
Madeleine F. Hsu <3
Her outfits matched her personality: sunny floral dresses. “She was a sweet, unique, bright, sparkling, determined little girl,” her family said in a statement about the first-grader. “She was an avid reader who loved running and dancing. She was a born leader.”
Madeleine is remembered in the Wall Street Journal by that same neighbor as shy and quiet, but sweet.
Madeleine Hsu was shy and quiet — but she would light up around dogs.
Karen Dryer, who lived on the same street as the Hsu family, would see Madeleine’s mom waiting for her at the bus stop at 3:15 every afternoon. Dryer would wait too, for her son Logan, who is in kindergarten. Dryer usually brought the family’s golden retriever with her.
“She would come off the bus and her face would light up when she saw the dog,” Dryer said.
Her mom would give her a big squeeze, and Madeleine would hug her little sister. “She was just an absolute doll,” Dryer said. “She seemed very shy, but she was just so sweet.
(AP) — A year ago, 6-year-old Ana Marquez-Greene was reveling in holiday celebrations with her extended family on her first trip to Puerto Rico. This year will be heartbreakingly different.
The girl’s grandmother, Elba Marquez, said the family moved to Connecticut just two months ago, drawn from Canada, in part, by Sandy Hook’s sterling reputation. The grandmother’s brother, Jorge Marquez, is mayor of a Puerto Rican town and said the child’s 9-year-old brother also was at the school but escaped safely.
Elba Marquez had just visited the new home over Thanksgiving and is perplexed by what happened. “What happened does not match up with the place where they live,” she said.
A video spreading across the Internet shows a confident Ana hitting every note as she sings “Come, Thou Almighty King.” She flashes a big grin and waves to the camera when she’s done.
Jorge Marquez confirmed the girl’s father is saxophonist Jimmy Greene, who wrote on Facebook that he was trying to “work through this nightmare.”
"As much as she’s needed here and missed by her mother, brother and me, Ana beat us all to paradise," he wrote. "I love you sweetie girl."
Soto, a first grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary, moved her students away from the classroom door when she heard gunfire, which students initially “thought were hammers falling,” according to the father of one of her students.
Her students were huddled behind her in a corner of the classroom, her family said.
"That’s when the gunman burst in, did not say a word, no facial expressions, and proceeded to shoot their teacher," said Robert Licata, whose 6-year-old son Aiden escaped by running past the shooter.
"She instinctively went into action when a monster came into her classroom and tried to protect the kids that she loved so much," her cousin, James Wiltsie, said. "We just want the public to know that Vicki was a hero."
While Soto had no children of her own, she did love her dog. The black lab Roxie spent Saturday wandering around Soto’s apartment, apparently looking for her, relatives said.