NEWTOWN, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — Newtown, Conn., school massacre victim Olivia Rose Engel excelled in a variety of pursuits – from swimming and ballet to hip-hop dance lessons.

In a statement, Olivia’s family said she loved school and did well in math and reading. She laughed often and lit up a room, and had a creative spark as she drew and designed things.

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She was also a tennis player and took art classes, enjoyed soccer, and had a passion for musical theatre. She was involved with the Daisy Girl Scouts, and was described as “a great big sister who was always very patient with her 3-year-old brother, Brayden.”

Her favorite colors were purple and pink, and her favorite stuffed animal was a little lamb, her family said.

At her parish, she was just learning her rosary, and she led grace at the dinner table every night.

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“She was a grateful child who was always appreciative and never greedy. Her father said she was a 6-year-old who had a lot to look forward to,” her family said.

In addition to Olivia Rose, the children killed in the massacre were:

Charlotte Bacon, 6;
Daniel Barden, 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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