December 16, 2012

Portraits of victims begin to emerge

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Noah Pozner
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Six-year-old Noah Pozner smiles for the photographer in the Nov. 13 family photo. He was one of the 20 children killed in the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., on Friday.

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Her father, Robbie Parker, fought back tears as he described the beautiful, blonde, always-smiling girl who loved to try new things, except food.

Parker, one of the first parents to publicly talk about his loss, expressed no animosity for the gunman, even as he struggled to explain the death to his other two children, ages 3 and 4. 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.

• Nancy Lanza, 52, gunman's mother

She was known before simply for the game nights she hosted and the holiday decorations she put up at her house. Now Nancy Lanza is being called the mother of a killer and his first victim.

Authorities say Lanza's 20-year-old son Adam gunned his mother down before killing 26 others at Sandy Hook. The two shared a home in a well-to-do Newtown neighborhood, but details were slow to emerge of who she was and what might have led her son to carry out such horror.

Court records show she and her ex-husband, Peter Lanza, filed for divorce in 2008. He lives in Stamford and works at General Electric. It wasn't clear whether Nancy Lanza had worked. A neighbor, Rhonda Cullens, said she knew Nancy Lanza from get-togethers she'd hosted to play Bunco, a dice game. She said her neighbor had enjoyed gardening.

"She was a very nice lady," Cullens said.

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