Lives remembered at string of Conn. services

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 22, 2012 at 7:43 pm •  Published: December 22, 2012
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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

Emilie Parker, 6, was laid to rest in the northern Utah city of Ogden, next to her maternal grandfather, who died 2½ months earlier.

Emilie's parents emerged from Saturday's solemn service carrying their two other daughters, Madeline and Samantha, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. The girls were wearing pink coats, their older sister's favorite color.

The funeral procession then proceeded through streets lined by pink-clad observers, and by trees, bushes, signs and utility poles draped with pink ribbons and banners.

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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