Town Heals and Remembers

Final Sandy Hook Victims Laid to Rest

By Associated Press
|  Saturday, Dec 22, 2012  |  Updated 10:11 PM EDT
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Final Sandy Hook Victims Laid to Rest

Crosses bearing the names of the Newtown, Conn. school shooting victims are displayed in the town. Inset (from left to right): Emilie Parker, 6, Josephine Gay, 7, Ana Marquez-Greene were laid to rest Saturday

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The last of the funerals were held Saturday for the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy.  Three children were laid to rest in moving services Saturday.

A horse-drawn carriage brought the miniature coffin of Ana Marquez-Greene to the church in Bloomfield,  where a thousand mourners gathered to bid goodbye.    

The service for the 6-year-old at The First Cathedral church included a performance by Harry Connick Jr., who has played with the girl's jazz saxophonist father, Jimmy Greene, the Connecticut Post reported.      

Family members remembered her as wild-haired child with her own love of music.       

"Ana had a song," said the Rev. Paul Echtenkamp of Glory Chapel International Cathedral in Hartford. "It just came out of her."

Monsignor Robert Weiss said at the funeral for 7-year-old Josephine "Joey" Gay that she liked Barbie, her iPad and the color purple.       

"Purple is the color of passion," Weiss said, according to the New Haven Register.      

Joey's parents, Michele and Bob, remembered how much she liked peanut butter, and how she would request a new spoon for each mouthful. They would find spoons covered with peanut butter in locations throughout the house.

Dozens of emergency responders paid their respects at the start of the service at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Newtown, walking through the church and up to the altar.

Emilie Parker, 6, was laid to rest in the northern Utah city of Ogden, where people had tied pink ribbons around trees and utility poles in her memory.       

Her father, Robbie Parker, was one of the first parents to publicly talk about his loss and he expressed no animosity for the gunman. He's sustained by the fact that the world is better for having had Emilie in it.       

"I'm so blessed to be her dad," he said.

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