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Daniel Barden: ‘Fearless In His Pursuit Of Happiness And Life’

Daniel Barden, 7 (Credit: Facebook)

Daniel Barden, 7 (Credit: Facebook)

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NEWTOWN, Conn. (CBSNewYork)Daniel Barden, one of the 20 children who lost his life in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, was remembered by his family as someone who “embodied everything that is wholesome and innocent in the world.”

Daniel, 7, was the youngest child of Mark and Jackie Barden, who are described on a site for donations to the family as “two of the kindest, most outgoing people you will ever meet.”

In a statement, Daniel’s family called him “such a light.”

“Always smiling, unfailingly polite, incredibly affectionate, fair and so thoughtful towards others, imaginative in play, both intelligent and articulate in conversation: in all, a constant source of laughter and joy,” the statement said in part. “Daniel was fearless in his pursuit of happiness and life. He earned his ripped jeans and missing two front teeth. Despite that, he was, as his mother said, ‘Just so good.’ He embodied everything that is wholesome and innocent in the world.”

In an obituary quoted by the Connecticut Post, Daniel’s family said he loved riding waves at the beach, playing drums in a band with his brother, James, and sister, Natalie, playing Foosball, and making s’mores around a campfire with his cousins at his grandfather’s house in the upstate New York town of Smallwood.

In addition to Daniel, the children killed in the massacre were:

Charlotte Bacon, 6;
• Olivia Engel, 6;
• Josephine Gay, 7;
Ana Marquez-Greene, 6;
• Dylan Hockley, 6;
• Madeleine Hsu, 6;
• Catherine Hubbard, 6;
• Chase Kowalski, 7;
• Jesse Lewis, 6;
• James Mattioli, 6;
• Grace McDonnell, 7;
Emilie Parker, 6;
• Jack Pinto, 6;
• Noah Pozner, 6;
• Caroline Previdi, 6;
Jessica Rekos, 6;
• Avielle Richman, 6;
• Benjamin Wheeler, 6;
• Allison Wyatt, 6.

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