Saturday, April 21, 2018

Victims in Newtown, Conn., shootings

Most of those slain at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Friday were just starting their lives. Twenty children, ages 6 or 7, were killed, along with six adults at the school, the gunman's mother at home and the gunman himself. A glimpse of some of those who died and not previously described in the Times:

Charlotte Bacon, 6

They were supposed to be for the holidays, but finally on Friday, after hearing much begging, Charlotte's mother 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. Her parents, JoAnn and Joel, had lived in Newtown for four or five years, JoAnn's brother John Hagen, of Nisswa, Minn., told Newsday.

Rachel D'Avino, 29, teacher

Days before the shooting, the boyfriend of Rachel D'Avino had asked her parents for permission to marry her. She was a behavioral therapist who had recently started working at the school, said Lissa Lovetere Stone, a friend.

Madeleine Hsu, 6

Dr. Matthew Velsmid was at Madeleine's house on Saturday, tending to her stricken family. He said the family did not want to comment. Velsmid's daughter, who attends another school, lost three of her friends.

Catherine Hubbard, 6

A family friend turned reporters away from the house, but Catherine's parents released a statement expressing gratitude to emergency responders and for the support of the community. "We are greatly saddened by the loss of our beautiful daughter, Catherine Violet, and our thoughts and prayers are with the other families who have been affected by this tragedy," Jennifer and Matthew Hubbard said. "We ask that you continue to pray for us and the other families who have experienced loss in this tragedy."

James Mattioli, 6

James especially loved recess and math, and his family described him as a "numbers guy" who came up with insights beyond his years to explain the relationship between numbers, his family said. They wrote in his obituary that he loved hamburgers with ketchup, his dad's egg omelets with bacon, and his mom's french toast.

Jack Pinto, 6

Jack Pinto was a huge New York Giants fan. Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz said he talked to Jack's family, which is considering burying the 6-year-old in Cruz's No. 80 jersey. In the Giants' game with the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, Cruz honored Jack on his cleats, writing on them the words "Jack Pinto, My Hero" and "R.I.P. Jack Pinto."

Associated Press

   
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