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The children who were victims of the Sandy Hook Massacre

(1) Caroline Previdi

Caroline Previdi was one of the 20 young children killed in the massacre that left the town of Newtown, Conn. grieving. 

(2) James Mattioli

James Mattioli, 6, was another one of the young victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Fondly called “J” for short, the energetic young boy loved math, sports and cuddling on the couch with his mom at the end of the day.

(3) Daniel Barden

Daniel Barden, 7, was another of the victims. His father Mark is a musician, and he and his family wrote the following words in memorial of their son: “Everyone who has ever met Daniel remembers and loves him. Words really cannot express what a special boy Daniel was. Such a light. Always smiling, unfailingly polite, incredibly affectionate, fair and so thoughtful towards others, imaginative in play, both intelligent and articulate in conversation: in all, a constant source of laughter and joy. Daniel was fearless in his pursuit of happiness and life. He earned his ripped jeans and missing two front teeth. Despite that, he was, as his mother said, ‘Just So Good.’ He embodied everything that is wholesome and innocent in the world. Our hearts break over losing him and for the many other families suffering loss.”

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sandy hook calender

february 2 - mary sherlach’s birthday

february 22 - charlotte bacon’s birthday

march 8 - dylan hockley’s birthday

march 22 - james mattioli’s birthday

april 4 - ana marquez-greene’s birthday

may 6 - jack pinto’s birthday

may 10 - jessica rekos’ birthday

may 12 - emelie parker’s birthday

june 8 - catherine hubbard’s birthday

june 28 - dawn hochsprung’s birthday

june 30 - jesse lewis’ birthday

june - lauren rousseau’s birthday (full birthday unspecified)

july 3 - allison wyatt’s birthday

july 10 - madeleine hsu’s birthday

july 17 - rachel davino’s birthday

july 18 - olivia engel’s birthday

july 25 - anne marie murphy’s birthday

september 6 - nancy lanza’s birthday

september 7 - caroline previdi’s birthday

september 12 - benjamin wheeler’s birthday

september 25 - daniel barden’s birthday

october 17 - avielle richman’s birthday

october 31 - chase kowalski’s birthday

november 4 - victoria soto’s birthday

november 20 - noah pozner’s birthday

december 4 - grace mcdonell’s birthday

december 11 - josephine gay’s birthday

december 14 - shooting anniversary


let's pray for the auslly shipper we lost

Jessica Rekos was six when she was shot to death 12/14/12. She shipped auslly like crazy!!! She could never wait for the episodes when austin and ally started dating, kissing, or admitting they liked eachother. But, she died a month before ally admitted she liked austin, so I feel kind of bad. I remember my cousin having a big crush on ross, but wanted him with ally, so let’s just cry………………

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Remembering the Victims of the Sandy Hook Massacre

Jessica Rekos, Age 6

Krista Rekos told a church packed full of mourners Tuesday “I always felt just so lucky to be your mom.”

Rekos was speaking about her daughter Jessica, 6, who was one of 20 children killed in a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School Friday morning.

Rekos said in her eulogy that in less than a week her daughter, who loved horses, would have been unwrapping cowboy boots and a cowgirl hat on Christmas.

Those are two things she has always wanted, Rekos said of Jessica. She wanted real cowboy boots not one from Target, her mom said.

Jessica’s mother called her daughter the “CEO” of the family and her daughter was smarter than her and her husband Rich combined.

Jessica is survived by two brothers including one who was born in April.

Rekos described a bright, mature, loving yet strong-willed young girl to the audience of hundreds that packed the St. Rose of Lima Church. She described Jessica as the family’s CEO.

Rekos, who is a sixth-grade teacher at the Bridgeport School District, recalled a story when her daughter was 2½ years-old and she threw a giant temper tantrum.

Rekos said she threatened to throw Jessica’s “princess shoes” in the garbage. The poor behavior continued she said, and Krista said she brought the shoes downstairs to the garbage in the basement.

She said Jessica stood at the top of the stairs and waited until Krista was about halfway up them before slamming the door in her mother’s face—eliciting laughter from the somber crowd of mourners.

Rekos declared defeat on that one, she said, after having to beg her young daughter to unlock the door and let her back in the house.

Her daughter loved horses, and “knew” she was going to get one for her tenth birthday, Rekos said. Her daughter also loved Orca Whales and would often research them. Her love of whales culminated in a trip to Sea World two months ago.

Jessica had recently celebrated an accomplishment that made her mom marvel at her child’s ingenuity. Jessica had struggled mightily to learn how to tie her shoes. But one day she told her mom “all excited” that she had simply looked up a Youtube video on tying shoes on her iPod and had learned it successfully.

Krista said nearly every day her daughter had a “Jessica story” she had to share with her or sisters. She shared other insights into their family life—that her daughter recently gave herself an additional chore of setting the table for dinner. She was so excited, just last week she set the table 2 ½ hours before dinner started.

Throughout the eulogy Rekos remained composed—her voice only overcome with emotion when explaining the sincere love her daughter had for her school, her classmates and her teachers.

Krista stood alongside her husband Rich. In a pamphlet handed out to attendees Jessica’s photo featured numerous smiles. On the inside fold is a quote from the family: “She started our family and she was our rock.”

In the entrance to the church and in front were posters with photos of Jessica. There was Jessica in dress-up clothes, Jessica blowing on a dandelion—all photos of the way Jessica lived life, smiling—which was celebrated Tuesday.

Jessica lay in a white closed coffin for the service.

The service was led by Msgr. Robert Weiss who said Jessica attended religious education classes every week.

He said parents had shared doubts with him about how they could continue to be parents. Reassuring them, he said he saw Krista the day of the shooting.

He said he saw her being brought into the room where they sequestered parents waiting for news of their children. He saw her pacing, walking back and forth.

“That’s a mother,” he said, reassuring them they would continue to be the great parents they were for Jessica.

Weiss said Jessica lived a happy life due to her parents—and everyone else was happy because of her, too.

It's been 6 months.

Poem to my little cousin Jessica Rekos, who would’ve turned 7 last month and died exactly 6 months ago in the Connecticut school shooting. 

It’s been 6 months since I let you go.

But I’ll never forget you, my CEO.

Your eyes were blue,

The color the made you say, “I love you.”

You know you are always in my heart, 

just like you were right from the start.

What’s your daddy going to do on Sunday?

Which is the day of father’s day.

We’re gonna cry,

because on December 14,

you were taken away.

Now it’s June 14 and your still in our hearts.

Because Jessica,

it’s been 6 months.

- by Hazellyn Marie “Hazel” Rekos

to Jessica Rekos, May 10, 2006 - December 14, 2012