Published On: Dec 17 2012 12:48:55 PM ESTUpdated On: Dec 17 2012 12:36:00 PM EST
Charlotte Bacon, 6: Charlotte was sweet, outgoing and full of energy, her grandmother said."
Daniel Barden, 7: Daniel earned his missing two front teeth, his family used to say. His "fearless" pursuit of happiness and life also earned him ripped jeans. Despite that, he was, as his mother said, 'Just so good.'
Rachel D'Avino, 29: She likely didn't know it when she died, but her boyfriend had recently asked D'Avino's parents for permission to propose, and he was planning to ask for her hand in marriage on Christmas Eve. "Her presence and tremendous smile brightened any room she entered," read her obituary.
Olivia Engel, 6: Her favorite stuffed animal was a lamb; pink and purple were her favorite colors. Olivia's family posted a statement on Facebook with those and other details about their beloved daughter. "She was insightful for her age and had a great sense of humor. She laughed a lot and always lit up a room including the people around her. She was very creative and was always drawing and designing things," her family said.
Dylan Hockley, 6: "To know him was to love him," Dylan's grandmother, Theresa Moretti, told the Boston Herald about her grandson. "He was an angel," Moretti told the Herald. "And I think that's now why he's in heaven."
Chase Kowalski, 7: At 6, he completed his first triathlon, but that was just one of his pursuits. He loved baseball. He was in the Cub Scouts. He looked forward to the kids' workshop at the local Home Depot."We are thankful to the Lord for giving us seven years with our beautiful loving son. It is with heavy hearts that we return him," the family said in an obituary.
Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, 47: Hochsprung, who became Sandy Hook Elementary School's principal two years ago, was "really nice and very fun, but she was also very much a tough lady in the right sort of sense," friend Tom Prunty said. And the students loved her. "Even little kids know when someone cares about them, and that was her," he said. "My mom, Dawn Hochsprung, was taken tragically from me. But she went down in a blaze of glory that truly represents who she was," her daughter, Cristina Hassinger, tweeted.
Jesse Lewis, 6: Jesse loved math, riding horses and playing at his mom's farm, his father told the New York Post. "He was just a happy boy," Neil Heslin said. "Everybody knew Jesse."
Ana Marquez-Greene, 6: Her father, Jimmy Greene, is a jazz musician. His representative released a statement on Ana's death, describing the little girl as "beautiful and vibrant." "The family has requested privacy at this time of heartbreaking loss," it read. They "have asked us to relay their sincere gratitude for the outpouring of support and sympathy locally, nationally and internationally."
James Mattioli, 6: As he was quick to remind everyone, James was 6 and ¾. "He loved to wear shorts and T-shirts in any weather and grab the gel to spike his hair," his family said in a loving obituary. "He would often sing at the top of his lungs, and once asked, 'How old do I have to be to sing on a stage?'"
Grace McDonnell, 7: The ultimate "girly girl," Grace loved wearing pink and playing dress-up with jewelry, her grandmother told the Boston Herald. The little girl loved art, gymnastics, soccer and her small spaniel, Puddin', her grandmother said. "She was a wonderful little girl. She was always smiling," McDonnell told the newspaper. "I think everybody should know about these beautiful children whose lives were cut short."
Anne Marie Murphy, 52: A hero. That's how a first responder reportedly described Murphy to her father. He told Newsday that authorities told him her body was found in a classroom, covering young children killed in the shooting in an apparent attempt to shield them. "She died doing what she loved. She was serving children and serving God," Murphy's mother, Alice McGowan, said.
Emilie Parker, 6: She could "light up a room," Emilie's father said about his oldest daughter. Robbie Parker described her as "bright, creative and very loving." Emilie was always willing to try new things, he said, except food. Her laugh was infectious. "This world is a better place because she has been in it," Parker said.
Jack Pinto, 6: Jack was a first-grader, and his interests ran the gamut -- baseball, basketball, wrestling, snow skiing. But his first love was football, and his idol was New York Giants star receiver Victor Cruz. Cruz paid tribute to the team's young fan by scribbling "Jack Pinto. My Hero" on one of his cleats and "R.I.P. Jack Pinto" on the other during the team's game with the Atlanta Falcons over the weekend. On his glove, Cruz wrote, "Jack Pinto. This one is 4 U!"
Noah Pozner, 6: "He was a gorgeous, gorgeous boy and he could really get what he wanted just by batting those long eyelashes and looking at you with those big blue eyes. You really couldn't say no to him," Noah's aunt, Victoria Haller, said. "He was really the light of the room."
Jessica Rekos, 6: Jessica loved everything about horses -- horse movies, horse books, drawing horses and writing stories about them. She asked Santa this year for new cowgirl boots and a cowgirl hat. Her family had promised she could get her own horse when she turned 10. "She was a creative, beautiful little girl," her family said in a statement, describing Jessica as their "rock."
Avielle Richman, 6: Avielle was happiest when she was on a horse. Her trainer, Annette Sullivan, told the Connecticut Post that Avielle would "giggle when she trotted." "She was the most delightful little girl you ever met in your life," Sullivan said.
Lauren Rousseau, 30: Rousseau, a permanent substitute teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary, "wanted to be a teacher from before she even went to kindergarten," her mother said in a written statement Saturday. "We will miss her terribly and will take comfort knowing that she had achieved that dream," Teresa Rousseau said.
Mary Sherlach, 56: Sherlach, Sandy Hook Elementary's school psychologist, was with Hochsprung when they heard a "pop, pop, pop" sound around 9:30 a.m., a parent with both women at the time told CNN. Sherlach was shot to death after heading into the hall to find out what was happening. Sherlach and her husband for more than three decades lived in Trumbull, Connecticut, and, together, they were "proud parents" of two daughters in their late 20s. Her website listed her interests as gardening, reading and going to the theater.
Victoria Soto, 27: Soto, a first-grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary, moved her students away from the classroom door when she heard gunfire. Soto's mother said her daughter was selfless. "She would not hesitate to think to save anyone else before herself, and especially children. She loved them more than life, and she would definitely put herself in front of them any day," Donna Soto said.
Benjamin Wheeler, 6: Benjamin's parents moved to Newtown from New York City in April 2011 so the boy could grow up in a quiet community.Benjamin would follow his dad around the yard, helping him with chores by handing him tools, neighbor Peter Bearce told the Connecticut Post.
Josephine Gay, 7: Josephine celebrated her seventh birthday Tuesday, the Hartford Courant reports. Josephine liked to ride her bike and sell lemonade in her neighborhood in the summer, The Wall Street Journal said. The little girl loved the color purple.
Catherine Hubbard, 6: A Facebook page honoring her spoke of how the elementary-schooler is now an angel. "Such a beautiful little soul," the post read, saying the family's loss is heaven's gain. "God bless you all that you be strengthened, we are with you, and your suffering will remain in our prayers."
Caroline Previdi, 6: "You were a sweet little girl and you will be missed." That's the message that Caroline's aunt, Paige Tremblay, reportedly tweeted, saying goodbye to her niece.
Nancy Lanza, 52: She was shot and killed by her son at her suburban home before his rampage at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, officials say. A reported gun enthusiast, friends say she was quiet and private.