R.I.P the beautiful lives that were lost on the 14th of December, 2012 in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. May their families, friends and the Newton community find comfort, hope and guidance and get the love and support that they deserve. No matter what blog you are, please reblog to show your respect.
“Our little angels,
we’re sorry to say goodbye;
we send you our love.”-The nathaniel-Haiku series.
Charlotte Bacon, 2/22/06, (age 6)
Daniel Barden, 9/25/05 (age 7)
Olivia Engel, 7/18/06, (age 6)
Josephine Gay, 12/11/05, (age 7)
Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 04/04/06, (age 6)
Dylan Hockley, 03/08/06, (age 6)
Madeleine F. Hsu, 07/10/06, (age 6)
Catherine V. Hubbard, 06/08/06, (age 6)
Chase Kowalski, 10/31/05, (age 7)
Jesse Lewis, 06/30/06, (age 6)
James Mattioli, 03/22/06, (age 6)
Grace McDonnell, 11/04/05, (age 7)
Emilie Parker, 05/12/06, (age 6)
Jack Pinto, 05/06/06, (age 6)
Noah Pozner, 11/20/06, (age 6)
Caroline Previdi, 09/07/06, (age 6)
Jessica Rekos, 05/10/06, (age 6)
Avielle Richman, 10/17/06, (age 6)
Benjamin Wheeler, 9/12/06, (age 6)
Allison N. Wyatt, 07/03/06, (age 6)
Rachel Davino, 7/17/83, (age 29)
Dawn Hochsprung, 06/28/65, (age 47)
Anne Marie Murphy, 07/25/60, (age 52)
Lauren Russeau, 1982, (age 29)
Mary Sherlach, 02/11/56, (age 56)
Victoria Soto, 11/04/85, (age 27)
Some of the children
Emilie Parker, 6 years old.
Robert Parker (father):
“My daughter Emilie would be one of the first ones giving her love and support to all of the victims, because that’s the kind of person she is”.
“As the deep pain begins to settle in our hearts, we find comfort in the incredible person Emilie was and how many people she was able to touch in her short time on Earth.”
Emilie’s grandfather: “She was very loving. She just loved taking care of people. If she saw people with their feelings hurt, it was, ‘What can I do to help?’ She was that kind of child.”
Noah Pozner, 6 years old.
Olivia Engel, 6 years old
Ana Marquez-Greene, 6 years old.
Dylan Hockley, 6 years old.
Jessica Rekos, 6 years old.
James Mattioli, 6 years old.
Jess Lewis, 6 years old.
Described as a “bright, precious little boy” who was always happy and loved playing in the backyard where there is a barn and pasture for horses.
Charlotte Bacon, 6 years old.
Chace Kowalski, 7 years old.
Principal Dawn Hochsprung
She touched many hearts with her professionalism and love for her students. She was remembered as ”a mature and very smart young lady full of life and always had a smile on her face that could only warm your heart.” She died protecting her students by attempting to grab the gunman with another staff member, Mary Sherlach.
When the shooting started, Vicki hid her children in closets and told the gunman they had gone to the gym. She died protecting her students by putting herself between them and the gunman.
School psychologist Mary Sherlach.
Cathy Lucas, her neighbour recalls her as “a wonderful human being, vivacious and friendly” and a “lovely, lovely woman.”
Teacher Lauren Rousseau
Her grieving father Gilles Rousseau said she loved the job. ‘She was like a kid in many ways. That’s why she liked working with kids so much,’ he added.
We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years. And each time I learn the news I react not as a President, but as anybody else would — as a parent. And that was especially true today. I know there’s not a parent in America who doesn’t feel the same overwhelming grief that I do.
The majority of those who died today were children - beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. They had their entire lives ahead of them — birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own. Among the fallen were also teachers — men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfill their dreams.
So our hearts are broken today — for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children, and for the families of the adults who were lost. Our hearts are broken for the parents of the survivors as well, for as blessed as they are to have their children home tonight, they know that their children’s innocence has been torn away from them too early, and there are no words that will ease their pain.
As a country, we have been through this too many times. Whether it’s an elementary school in Newtown, or a shopping mall in Oregon, or a temple in Wisconsin, or a movie theater in Aurora, or a street corner in Chicago — these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods, and these children are our children. And we’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.
This evening, Michelle and I will do what I know every parent in America will do, which is hug our children a little tighter and we’ll tell them that we love them, and we’ll remind each other how deeply we love one another. But there are families in Connecticut who cannot do that tonight. And they need all of us right now. In the hard days to come, that community needs us to be at our best as Americans. And I will do everything in my power as President to help.
Because while nothing can fill the space of a lost child or loved one, all of us can extend a hand to those in need — to remind them that we are there for them, that we are praying for them, that the love they felt for those they lost endures not just in their memories but also in ours.