Noah Pozner, Age 6
First-grader Noah Samuel Pozner, born in Danbury, was a kind, caring and smart boy, with an occasional "mischievous" streak, his uncle, Alexis Haller, said during a funeral for Noah Monday.
"He liked to tell his sisters that he worked in a taco factory; when they asked him how he got to work, he would give them a funny look as if to say he knew something that they didn't," Haller, of Woodinville, Wash., recalled. "He loved animals, video games and Mario Brothers. He was already a very good reader, and had just bought a Ninjago book at a book fair that he was really excited about reading."
If Noah had had the chance to grow up, Haller said: "He would have become a great man. He would [have] been a wonderful husband and a loving father. He would have been a backbone of our family for years to come."
Noah attended Sandy Hook Elementary with his twin sister, Arielle, and an older sister, Sophia, 8. Like many twins, the Pozners had been assigned to different classes.
Arielle survived Friday's rampage. Noah did not.
Noah was a "rambunctious little maverick" who was "smart as a whip," said his mother, Veronique, speaking through a relative. He loved his family, his parents, his siblings and especially his twin, she said.
"He called her his best friend," she said.
Noah was an "impish, larger than life little boy," according to his obituary.
"How do you capture the essence of a six year old in just a few words?," his obituary said. "Everything he did conveyed action and energy through love. He was the light of our family, a little soul devoid of spite and meanness."
Rabbi Shaul Praver of Adath Israel in Newtown said that Noah and his family belonged to his congregation and that he had spent much of Friday with the boy's mother. "He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time," Praver said.
An inquisitive and "very warm" child, Noah liked to ask about how the world worked, recalled his uncle, Arthur Pozner, who saw Noah for Hanukkah in Brooklyn the Saturday before the shooting.
Noah asked him question after question, he recalled, at one point wondering about the digital display on the toaster oven.
"Is the toaster going to reach 10,000 degrees?" Noah asked his uncle.
"Ten thousand degrees would melt diamonds," his uncle recalls telling him.
Arthur Pozner said Noah often seemed beyond his years. "For a 6-year-old, he was a very smart kid," he said.
Noah's mother is a nurse, and his father, Leonard, works with computers. The family appreciated their charming old New England town and its strong schools, Arthur Pozner said.
"One of the reasons they moved there was the schools," he said. "They were very good. And it was very safe."
At the funeral Monday, Haller said people could honor Noah "by loving each other and taking care of each other."
"That's what Noah would have wanted," he said.