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Calvert Hall mourns alum's daughter in Sandy Hook shooting

Josephine Grace Gay had turned 7 three days before Connecticut elementary school tragedy

By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun

6:46 PM EST, December 17, 2012

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Calvert Hall College High School is mourning the loss of Josephine Grace Gay, 7, a victim in the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting whose father attended the Catholic preparatory school in Towson.

Robert Gay graduated from Calvert Hall in 1978. In an email to alumni and others, school President Thomas Zoppo said Josephine died in Friday's massacre, three days after her seventh birthday.

"Our particular thoughts and prayers go out to the Newtown ... community, most especially Bob, his wife Michele, and daughters Sophia and Marie," Zoppo said in a statement. "Through the intercession of St. John Baptist de La Salle and all our Lasallian saints, let us pray for the consolation of the Gay family at this very difficult time."

The family could not be reached for comment.

On Sunday, President Barack Obama spoke to about 800 people in an auditorium located less than a half-mile from Sandy Hook Elementary School, where six adults and 20 children were killed Friday in one of the worst mass shootings in the nation's history. Authorities have identified Adam Lanza, 20, as the shooter and say he committed suicide after he killed his mother at their home and committed the school shootings.

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