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Gracie McDonnell Called ‘The Love And Light’ Of Her Family

Grace McDonnell, 7 (credit: Facebook)

Grace McDonnell, 7 (credit: Facebook)

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NEWTOWN, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Grace Audrey McDonnell’s grandmother said in a published report that her “girly-girl” loved playing dress-up with her jewelry and wearing pink.

Mary Ann McDonnell told the Boston Herald she sat the day after the massacre surrounded by bags of gifts she had planned to give Gracie, 7, at her Shelton, Conn., home this coming Christmas.

Gracie loved art projects, soccer and gymnastics, and had a King Charles Spaniel named Puddin’, her grandmother told the Boston Herald.

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Gracie’s parents, Lynn and Chris McDonnell, called their 7-year-old daughter “the love and light” of their family in a statement released by the little girl’s uncle.

The family also shared a photo featuring Grace smiling into the camera, her eyes shining and a pink bow adorning her long blonde hair.

“Words cannot adequately express our sense of loss,” the McDonnells said.

Visitation for Gracie is scheduled for 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at St. Rose of Lima Church in Newtown. A memorial mass is set for Friday at 11 a.m. at the same church.

In addition to Gracie, the child victims of the massacre were:

Charlotte Bacon, 6;
Daniel Barden, 7;
Olivia Engel, 6;
Josephine Gay, 7;
Ana Marquez-Greene, 6;
Dylan Hockley, 6;
Catherine Hubbard, 6;
Madeleine Hsu, 6;
Chase Kowalski, 7;
Jesse Lewis, 6;
James Mattioli, 6;
Jesse Lewis, 6;
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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