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Massacre Victim Josephine Gay Had Just Celebrated Her 7th Birthday

Josephine Gay, 7 (Credit: Facebook)

Josephine Gay, 7 (Credit: Facebook)

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NEWTOWN, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — Newtown elementary school massacre victim Josephine Gay had just celebrated her seventh birthday three days before her life was cut short.

Josephine was called a “beautiful angel” in many posts on a Facebook page set up in her memory.

The Wall Street Journal reported that she loved to ride her bike in the street and set up a lemonade stand in the summer, and that she loved the color purple.

Shown in a widely-distributed photo with a broad smile, green traffic cone on her head and a pair of glasses sliding down her nose, Josephine was nicknamed “Boo” because of her resemblance to the character in the movie “Monsters Inc.,” the New Haven Register reported.

In addition to Josephine, the children killed were identified as:

Charlotte Bacon, 6;
• Daniel Barden, 7;
• Olivia Engel, 6;
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.

The adult victims were:

• Rachel Davino, 29;
• Dawn Hochsprung, 47, the principal of the school;
• Anne Marie Murphy, 52;
• Lauren Rousseau, 30;
• Mary Sherlach, 56, the school psychologist who planned to retire next year;
• Victoria Soto, 27, a first-grade teacher.

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