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Emilie Parker, Age 6
Emilie Parker was a "bright," avid artist who acted as a mentor to her 3- and 4-year-old sisters, her father, Robbie Parker, recalled Saturday.
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"Emily's laughter was infectious and all those who met her would agree this world is a better place because she has been in it," Parker, 30, told reporters in Newtown. "She was beautiful; she was blond, always smiling. She was the type of person that could just light up a room."
Emilie taught her younger sisters to read, dance and "find the simple joys of life," Parker said. Her siblings looked up to her and leaned on her for comfort.
Emilie was compassionate, Parker said, and loved to create cards for others. One "special card" she made was even placed in her grandfather's casket.
"She always had something kind to say about anybody, and her love and the strength she gave us and the example she showed us is remarkable," he said.
The last conversation Parker said he had with Emilie was Friday morning, in Portuguese. He had been teaching her the language.
"I was leaving for work," he said. "She told me good morning. She asked how I was doing. … She told me she loved me. I gave her a kiss and I was out the door."
Parker expressed sympathy for the other families and said he's sought strength through his family and his faith.
"She is an incredible person," he said of Emilie, "and I'm so blessed to be her dad."
Jack Pinto, Age 6
"Jack Pinto 'My Hero'," Cruz wrote in Sharpie across his cleats Sunday. "This one is 4 U!"
Cruz, who heard that Jack was a big fan of his, tweeted on Sunday that that his condolences and prayers are with the Pinto family.
A family friend of the Pinto's contacted FOX-CT's Rich Coppola to see if he could get a photograph of Jack displayed during Sunday's Giants game. The friend told Coppola that she heard that Cruz was hoping to attend Jack's funeral.
"Jack was an incredibly loving and vivacious young boy, appreciated by all who knew him for his lively and giving spirit and steely determination," read an obituary for Jack on The Newtown Bee's website. "In life and in death, Jack will forever be remembered for the immeasurable joy he brought to all who had the pleasure of knowing him, a joy whose wide reach belied his six short years"
Also Sunday morning, Jack's wrestling team paused for a moment of silence before their meet.
-- Brian Dowling