Now a week removed from the tragedy in Newtown, more funerals were held in honor of the victims today. Here we bring you some of the words and memories coming from those gatherings.
The family of Grace McDonnell, 7, spoke at her funeral Mass. Per the Boston Herald:
“You made me fearless,” Lynn McDonnell said at her gorgeous girl’s funeral Mass today.
“We were best friends, soul mates and ‘sister girls,’ ” McDonnell said after placing her daughter’s favorite stuffed animal on the lectern at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.
Her grieving father Chris McDonnell told his daughter he is “so, so sorry” for not being there to protect her on that horrible day.
He then thanked her for bringing so much love, life and laughter into his life.
“You taught me how to love,” he said.
The New Haven Register noted that Grace and her mother used to call themselves "fashionistas." The programs for the service, which was attended by Anderson Cooper, also included a commemoration to Grace:
Grace loved the beach, seashells and lighthouses. In the funeral’s program it states, “Seashells remind us that every passing light leaves something behind.”
The program adds, “May you always have a shell in your pocket, and sand in your shoes.”
The funeral for Sandy Hook Elementary's school psychologist was held in Trumbull Connecticut. Per the Associated Press:
The school psychologist who rushed toward the gunman during the shooting was remembered as a caring professional, a fan of the Miami Dolphins and a woman who ultimately put the lives of others ahead of her own.
Balloons were released at the service for six-year-old Dylan Hockley, who reports say died in the arms of Anne Marie Murphy, described by the CT Post as "his 'amazing' aide."
Balloons released at memorial service for Dylan Hockley twitter.com/NBCStephania/s…— Stephania Jimenez (@NBCStephania) December 21, 2012