Remembering the Victims of the Sandy Hook Massacre
Caroline Previdi, Age 6
Baseball team loyalties start early in this part of the world.
Caroline Previdi was such a Yankees fan at age 6 that when her family attended a game at Fenway Park in Boston, she refused to go into the stadium.
Caroline’s favorite color was pink and “she danced everywhere she went.”
She used to sit in St. Rose of Lima Church with her arm around her big brother, a third-grader.
When the church took a collection to buy toys for needy children, Caroline broke up her piggy bank and brought in the money in a plastic bag.
The Previdi family was back at St. Rose of Lima Dec. 19 to say goodbye.
Caroline was among the 20 six- and seven-year-olds murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School five days before.
“You know, if you think you’ve been angry, you haven’t felt anything yet. … Things like this should never happen — and yet they did…” Monsignor Robert Weiss said at the service. “So what do we do?”
Weiss called on a grieving community to “stand up and show what we are.”
In past generations, we stood up and decided we were not a country that would tolerate unsafe cars on the road, or lax food safety regulations endangering our families.
Today we must stand up for common sense restrictions on consumer products like the Bushmaster AR-15 semiautomatic rifle used to murder Caroline Previdi and her classmates.