Killed in Friday's horrific shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School were 20 children, ages 6 and 7, and six adults. The shooter's mother was also killed Friday. Stories of the adult heroes of this tragedy and tributes to the children who lost their lives are being shared on Facebook and Twitter, by the families and in obituaries. Following are reports about the victims, gathered from news sources and Courant reporters.
Charlotte Bacon, Age 6
Charlotte Bacon, who would have turned 7 in February, was anything but shy.
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"The family will forever remember her beautiful smile, her energy for life, and the unique way she expressed her individuality usually with the color pink," a statement released by her family said. "Charlotte never met and animal she didn't love, and since the age of two wanted to be a veterinarian."
She was smart, outgoing, precocious and persistent, said her uncle, John Hagen, of Minneapolis.
"She had a big personality. She could carry on a conversation with any adult. She challenged my sister every day. She knew how to get what she wanted."
Case in point: Charlotte's mother, Joann, bought her a pink dress and white boots for the holidays. Charlotte had been begging to wear her new outfit early. On the last day of Charlotte's life, her mom finally gave in.
Charlotte had curly, dark red hair. She loved going to school. She was so smart, Hagen said, that her parents were thinking about putting her in a special private school because they worried she wasn't being challenged enough. "This girl was definitely going places," her uncle said.
Charlotte liked a physical challenge, too, and enjoyed practicing Tae Kwon Do with her father and brother, especially "kicking and throwing punches," according to her family.
Another story that stands out in Hagen's mind: the time the Bacons were vacationing with extended family at a lake. Charlotte was 4 or 5. "I watched her jump off a pontoon into the water without any hesitation," Hagen said. "She just did it."
Charlotte was born in the Chicago area, a couple of years before Joann and husband Joel relocated to Sandy Hook. Joann is a stay-at-home mom. Joel, who holds a doctorate, works as a scientist in New York, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Their 9-year-old son, Guy, also was at Sandy Hook on Friday but wasn't harmed.
Despite having only one sibling, Charlotte had a big family. Joel is one of three brothers. His parents are retired missionaries who now live close to him. Joann, who grew up in Minnesota, is the youngest of six children.
Charlotte also loved being a girl scout, and her mom was her troop leader.
"There were 10 girls in the group," Hagen said. "Only five are left."
-- Washington Post; Courant Staff Report
Statement released by Charlotte Bacon's family:
Charlotte Helen Bacon is the beloved daughter of Joel and JoAnn Bacon, and the sister of Guy Bacon. Charlotte was an extraordinarily gifted six year old who filled her family each day with joy and love. The family will forever remember her beautiful smile, her energy for life, and the unique way she expressed her individuality usually with the color pink. Charolette never met and animal she didn't love, and since the age of two wanted to be a Veterinarian. She also enjoyed practicing Tae Kwon Do weekly with her Dad and brother where she relished kicking and throwing punches!
Charlotte has left a place in her entire extended family's hearts that will never be replaced. The family is profoundly grateful for the thoughts and prayers of the many friends around the world who expressed their sympathies. They trust in the depths of God's grace, and with confidence, know that Charolette rests in God's arms.
Daniel Barden, Age 7
Daniel Barden was fulll of kindness, an "old soul," according to his family.