The children and teachers listed below were all gunned down on December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Parents and loved ones reflect on the good memories of those who were taken away so quickly.
Chase Kowalski, 7, standing besides his mother, Becky Kowalski – Chase was gunned down along with his entire 1st grade class in the Sandy Hook tragedy. His family has set up the Chase Kowalski Scholarship Fund in honor of their child.
Becky and Steven Kowalski have finally spoken out and recounted the moment they learned that their son was one of the victims – Mother whose 7-year-old son was gunned down at Sandy Hook describes the ‘best day of my life’ when he visited her in a vision two days after the tragedy
Daniel Barden, 7, one of the 20 child victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre.
The image of Daniel that comes to mind for neighbor Peter Bernson is a very special, happy glimpse into the life of the first-grader: a laughing, brown-haired boy heading to the bus stop every morning atop his father’s shoulders. The youngest of three children, he was a familiar face at swim practice, among other activities. “This is a warm, loving family,” a co-worker of his mother, Jackie Barden, tells the AP. “The kids were the type of kids parents want their children to be around: warm and wonderful and caring and kind. This is heartbreaking.” Photo: Courtesy of the Family
Little Daniel’s family during an interview several days after the shoot-out. Photo show’s the victim’s big brother and both parents.
“Words really cannot express what a special boy Daniel was. Such a light. Always smiling, unfailingly polite, incredibly affectionate, fair and so thoughtful towards others, imaginative in play, both intelligent and articulate in conversation; in all, a constant source of laughter and joy,” a statement from the family reads. “Daniel was fearless in his pursuit of happiness and life. … Despite that, he was, as his mother said, ‘Just So Good.’ He embodied everything that is wholesome and innocent in the world.”
- Heroic first-grade teacher Victoria Soto, 27, will also be laid to rest (see link below)
Photo of Dylan Hockley, Sandy Hook 1st grade victim originally from UK, Dylan’s family moved him to the US two years ago for a ‘better start in life’
Photo of Dylan’s family Ian and Nicole Hockley and their other son Jake at Dylan’s memorial service which was held Friday, exactly one week after the Massacre
A silver butterfly is pinned above Nicole Hockley’s heart on the vibrant purple sweater she wore in honour of Dylan who she called ‘Mister D’. She spoke of her ‘special angel’ who will never get to unwrap the Christmas presents that sit under the family tree. ‘Dylan brought untold fun and joy into our lives,’ she says with a smile. ‘Something good will come of this. His death will have meaning.’
Dylan, who suffered from autism, died cradled in the arms of his devoted special needs teacher Anne Marie Murphy who was also killed.
Anne M. Greene (6)
Just two months ago, Ana’s family moved to Connecticut from Canada, drawn by the school’s impressive reputation in town. Now, her memory lives on in a song her father, jazz saxophonist Jimmy Greene, penned in her namesake, “Ana Grace.” “As we work through this nightmare, we’re reminded how much we’re loved and supported on this earth and by our father in heaven,” Greene told the Ottawa Citizen. “As much as she’s needed here and missed by her mother, brother and me, Ana beat us all to paradise. I love you, sweetie girl.” Photo: Family Photo/Rex USA
Photo of Ana’s devastated parents the day they found out their beloved daughter was one of the victims
Victoria Soto (pictured) was laid to rest today – Click here for article
Victoria Soto was a first grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School. She was also a victim but her name did not go down in vain. She will always be remembered as a hero for saving her students from Gunman Adam Lanza.
Victoria hid her students in closets and cupboards. When Lanza walked in she told him her students were at Gym on the other end of the school. Lanza then shot Mrs. Soto and walked off. Leaving her students unharmed.
The heartbreaking photo of Carlee Soto, Victoria Soto’s sibling, frantically trying to get in touch with her sister who was a 1st grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Articles will say this photo was taken the moment she found out her sister’s fate but that is incorrect. She learned the truth shortly after.
Jessie Lewis – 6 – Sandy Hook Elementary School – 1st Grade
- Scarlett Lewis, 44, had planned to make a gingerbread house with her son at school that Friday afternoon
- After a desperate search, she said ‘I just kind of knew. All the other kids were gone; we’re just sitting there’
- Scarlett Lewis, 44, described her son Jesse as a blessing and a gift
- Mrs. Lewis raced to a Sandy Hook neighbor after she heard some children were being kept safe there. She was told by Gene Rosen that Jessie wasn’t one of the six children he discovered at the end of his drive-way
Emilie Parker (6) 1st grader – Sandy Hook Elementary School
Emilie Parker, the little girl with the blond hair and bright blue eyes, would have been one of the first to comfort her classmates at Sandy Hook Elementary School, had a gunman’s bullets not claimed her life, her father said.
“My daughter Emilie would be one of the first ones to be standing and giving support to all the victims because that’s the kind of kid she is,” her father, Robbie Parker said as he fought back tears, telling the world about his “bright, creative and loving” daughter who was one of the 20 young victims in the Newtown, Conn., shooting.
“She always had something kind to say about anybody,” her father said. “We find comfort reflecting on the incredible person Emilie was and how many lives she was able to touch.”
Emilie, 6, was helping teach her younger sisters to read and make things, and she was the little girls would go to for comfort, he said.
“They looked up to her,” Parker said.
Emilie’s parents – photo taken moments after finding out their daughter was one of the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy.
Friday night, hours after he learned of his daughter’s death, Parker said he spoke at his church.
“I don’t know how to get through something like this. My wife and I don’t understand how to process all of this,” he said today. “We find strength in our religion and in our faith and in our family. ”
“It’s a horrific tragedy and I want everyone to know our hearts and prayers go out to them. This includes the family of the shooter. I can’t imagine how hard this experience must be for you and I want you to know our family … love and support goes out to you as well.”
The funeral for Charlotte Bacon (6) occurred at the Christ the King Lutheran Church in Newtown on December 19, 2012, five days after she was gunned down by Adam Lanza.
They were supposed to be for the holidays, but finally on Friday, December 14, 2012 after hearing much begging, Charlotte Bacon’s mother, JoAnn Bacon, relented and let her wear the new pink dress and boots to school.
It was the last outfit the outgoing redhead would ever pick out. Charlotte’s older brother, Guy, was also in the school, but was not shot.
JoAnn and Joel Bacon had lived in Newtown for four or five years. At Charlotte’s funeral service, JoAnn spoke of her daughter, telling those who attended that her daughter’s favorite color was pink and she had a love for animals. She went on to describe Charlotte as an exuberant, bubbly child who was willing to argue for the things that appealed to her.
“She said her daughter would say “I want it, I want it. Then it would be `I need it, I need it.’ ” JoAnn said during the service.
Her parents find comfort in knowing their slain daughter is in heaven.
Caroline Previdi (also 6) was a 1st grader just like Charlotte Bacon. She was also laid to rest on Dec. 19, 2012
Caroline, born in 2006, was a lifetime resident of Newtown, CT. She was a member of St. Rose of Lima Church in Newtown, and loved to draw and dance. Her smile brought happiness to everyone she touched.
FrankEndWeeb drew this photo of Caroline Previdi
Another online user posted this sketch of Caroline on a Facebook page. Although I’m not sure who exactly drew it due to the page being expired.
Photo of Noel Pozner (6)
Noah Pozner and his twin sister Arielle celebrated their sixth birthday on November 20, 2012. Less than one month later Noah was gunned down. Arielle however, escaped Sandy Hook unharmed.
Noah loved to read and liked to figure out how things worked mechanically. He was excited that he got a new Wii for his birthday.
The twins uncle, Alexis Haller told The Associated Press back in December that he was “smart as a whip”, gentle but with a rambunctious streak. He also said that Noah called his sister Arielle his best friend.”They were always playing together, they loved to do things together,” Haller said.
“He was just a really lively, smart kid,” Haller said. “He would have become a great man, I think. He would have grown up to be a great dad.”
Veronique Pozner, Noel’s mother, was at work at Grove Hill Medical Center in New Britain, 38 miles from the Sandy Hook school, administering chemotherapy to cancer patients when a patient got an alert about the Sandy Hook shootings, said Doreen Berube, the office administrator. Pozner, an oncology nurse, came to Berube and said simply, “I’ve got to go.”
When his mother, a nurse, would tell him she loved him, he would answer, “Not as much as I love you, Mom.”
Dawn L. Hochsprung
Dawn Hochsprung was a step-parent, grandmother and in 2010, became principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School. She was devoted to her family and to the students and teachers at her school.
Hochsprung sprung into action while attending a staff meeting. She heard the shots and didn’t hesitate to find the source of those bullets. Moments after running out of the meeting, bullets were heard over the intercom and might have saved the lives of many others. The others in the meeting barricaded the door after hearing the shots. A few minutes later, Lanza was banging on the door and telling them to open. He fired a shot threw the door and walked off.
”I had only known Dawn for 10 years. I watched how she made my dad so happy. Her big smile and infectious laugh added color and vibrancy to our family. This fall, as I struggled through my own tough time, I grew to value and appreciate her even more — for her constant support, her phone calls and texts when other people in my life remained silent. I feel so thankful that a week before she was killed I sent her a card telling her that. It was open on the counter when I got down to Connecticut on that awful Friday night, carrying both my sleepy 2-year-old daughter and my shock in my arms. I’m thankful that she read it in time.” said Hochsprung’s step daughter, Amy.
Click here to read what Dawn Hochsprung’s daughters have to say about their beloved mother’s death and how they feel about gun control and the laws that go with it.
Below is a list of all the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School
Charlotte Bacon, 6
Daniel Barden, 7
Olivia Engel, 6
Josephine Gay, 7
Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 6
Dylan Hockley, 6
Madeleine F. Hsu, 6
Catherine V. Hubbard, 6
Chase Kowalski, 7
Jesse Lewis, 6
James Mattioli, 6
Grace McDonnell, 7
Emilie Parker, 6
Jack Pinto, 6
Noah Pozner, 6
Caroline Previdi, 6
Jessica Rekos, 6
Aveille Richman, 6
Benjamin Wheeler, 6
Allison N. Wyatt, 6
Dawn Hochsprung, 47
Rachel Davino, 29
Anne Marie Murphy, 52
Lauren Rousseau, 30
Mary Sherlach, 56
Victoria Soto, 27
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