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Two children in Sandy Hook shooting laid to rest; families remember victims

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NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- The Connecticut town where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults in a school last week has said goodbye with the first two funerals.

Services were held Monday for 6-year-old Jack Pinto and Noah Pozner. Jack was a big New York Giants fan, and Noah liked to figure out how things worked mechanically.

Family, friends and townspeople streamed out of two funeral homes after the services and then headed for two cemeteries.

Outside Noah's service, well-wishers placed two teddy bears, white flowers and a single red rose at the base of a maple tree. At Jack's, hymns rang out from inside.

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NEWTOWN, Conn. (WKOW) -- Two child victims of the elementary school shooting will be laid to rest Monday. Funeral services are scheduled for Noah Pozner and Jack Pinto, both 6.

We're learning more about the children whose lives were cut short Friday when a gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School and killed 26 people, most of them first graders.

Twelve girls and eight boys were killed. One of them was Emilie Parker, who was a big sister and loved to draw. She always carried her markers and pencils. Her father was teaching her to speak Portuguese. Robbie Parker says, "The strength that she gave us and the example that she showed us is remarkable.  She's an incredible person.  I'm so blessed to be here Dad

Noah Pozner is one of the first to be laid to rest. He and his twin sister just celebrated their 6th birthday last month. She survived the shooting.

The family of Grace McDonnell, 7, tells ABC News "Our daughter Grace was the love and light of our family. Words cannot adequately express our sense of loss."

Ana Marquez Greene, 6, had just moved to Newtown from Canada. She sang and played the piano, often with her brother.

Catherine Hubbard was 6 years old and the niece of an ABC employee. Her family said in a statement Saturday, "We ask that you continue to pray for us and the other families who have experienced loss in this tragedy."

The family of 6-year-old Olivia Engel tells ABC News, "She loved school, and was very good at math and reading.  Her physical loss will be felt every day by those who loved her most, but her sparkly spirit will live on."

Jesse Lewis, 6, was looking forward to class that day, because they were supposed to make gingerbread houses. His father has planned to be there for it.

Jessica Rekos' parents Christa and Richard told ABC News they wanted to create happy memories for their children in a community like they had growing up. Christa says, "Jessica had so much pride going to Sandy Hook school knowing that her Dad went there too. She would just run around the house singing the Sandy Hook School song."

 

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