Elba Marquez had just visited the new home over Thanksgiving and is perplexed by what happened. ‘‘What happened does not match up with the place where they live,’’ she said.
A video spreading across the Internet shows a confident Ana hitting every note as she sings ‘‘Come, Thou Almighty King.’’ She flashes a big grin and waves to the camera when she’s done.
Jorge Marquez confirmed the girl’s father is saxophonist Jimmy Greene, who wrote on Facebook that he was trying to ‘‘work through this nightmare.’’
‘‘As much as she’s needed here and missed by her mother, brother and me, Ana beat us all to paradise,’’ he wrote. ‘‘I love you sweetie girl.’’
JAMES MATTIOLI, 6
James Mattioli especially loved recess and math, and his family described him as a ‘‘numbers guy’’ who came up with insights beyond his years to explain the relationship between numbers. He particularly loved the concept of googolplex, which a friend taught him.
He was born four weeks before his due date, and his family often joked that he came into the world early because he was hungry.
They wrote in his obituary that 6-year-old James, fondly called ‘J,’ loved hamburgers with ketchup, his Dad’s egg omelets with bacon, and his Mom’s french toast. He often asked to stop at Subway and wanted to know how old he needed to be to order a footlong sandwich.
He loved sports and wore shorts and T-shirts no matter the weather. He was a loud and enthusiastic singer and once asked, ‘‘How old do I have to be to sing on a stage?’’
His family recalled that he was an early-riser who was always ready to get up and go. He and his older sister were the best of friends. He was a thoughtful and considerate child, recently choosing to forgo a gift for himself and use the money to buy his grandfather a mug for Christmas.
A funeral for James will be Tuesday in Newtown.
GRACE AUDREY McDONNELL, 7
With broken hearts, the parents of Grace Audrey McDonnell said Sunday they couldn’t believe the outpouring of support they've received since the little girl who was the center of their lives died in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
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.
ANNE MARIE MURPHY, 52, teacher
A happy soul. A good mother, wife and daughter. Artistic, fun-loving, witty and hardworking.
Remembering their daughter, Anne Marie Murphy, her parents had no shortage of adjectives to offer Newsday. When news of the shooting broke, Hugh and Alice McGowan waited for word of their daughter as hours ticked by. And then it came.
Authorities told the couple their daughter was a hero who helped shield some of her students from the rain of bullets. As the grim news arrived, the victim’s mother reached for her rosary.
‘‘You don’t expect your daughter to be murdered,’’ her father told the newspaper. ‘‘It happens on TV. It happens elsewhere.’’
EMILIE PARKER, 6
Quick to cheer up those in need of a smile, Emilie Parker never missed a chance to draw a picture or make a card.
Her father, Robbie Parker, fought back tears as he described the beautiful, blond, always-smiling girl who loved to try new things, except foods.
Parker, one of the first parents to publicly talk about his loss, expressed no animosity for the gunman, even as he struggled to explain the death to his other two children, ages 3 and 4. 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.
JACK PINTO, 6
Jack Pinto was a huge New York Giants fan.
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz said he talked to Pinto’s family, which is considering burying the 6-year-old boy in Cruz’s No. 80 jersey.
Cruz honored Jack Sunday on his cleats, writing on them the words ‘‘Jack Pinto, My Hero’’ and ‘‘R.I.P. Jack Pinto.’’
‘‘I also spoke to an older brother and he was distraught as well. I told him to stay strong and I was going to do whatever I can to honor him,’’ Cruz said after the Giant’s game with the Atlanta Falcons. ‘‘He was fighting tears and could barely speak to me.’’
Cruz said he plans to give the gloves he wore during the game to the boy’s family, and spend some time with them.
‘‘There’s no words that can describe the type of feeling that you get when a kid idolizes you so much that unfortunately they want to put him in the casket with your jersey on,’’ he said. ‘‘I can’t even explain it.’’Continued...