On Monday, purple balloons — her favorite color — sprouted from the family mailbox and those of all her neighbors.
In the back of the yellow house on a quiet cul-de-sac sat a jungle gym.
‘‘'Joey’ is a beautiful little girl, may she never be forgotten and live forever in our hearts,’’ wrote Polly Larsen, of Sunnyvale, Calif., on Facebook. She said she was close friends with the cousin of Josephine’s mother.
A person who answered the phone at Mother of God Catholic Church in Covington, Ky., said Josephine was the great-niece of the pastor, the Rev. Raymond Hartman.
DAWN HOCHSPRUNG, 47, principal
Dawn Hochsprung’s pride in Sandy Hook Elementary was clear. She regularly tweeted photos from her time as principal there, giving indelible glimpses of life at a place now known for tragedy. Just this week, it was an image of fourth-graders rehearsing for their winter concert; days before that, the tiny hands of kindergartners exchanging play money at their makeshift grocery store.
She viewed her school as a model, telling The Newtown Bee in 2010 that ‘‘I don’t think you could find a more positive place to bring students to every day.’’ She had worked to make Sandy Hook a place of safety, too, and in October, the 47-year-old Hochsprung shared a picture of the school’s evacuation drill with the message ‘‘safety first.’’ When the unthinkable came, she was ready to defend.
Officials said she died while lunging at the gunman in an attempt to overtake him.
‘‘She had an extremely likable style about her,’’ said Gerald Stomski, first selectman of Woodbury, where Hochsprung lived and had taught. ‘‘She was an extremely charismatic principal while she was here.’’
DYLAN HOCKLEY, 6
The Hockley family moved to Sandy Hook two years ago from England, in love with the sense of community and the elementary school that their boys, Dylan and Jake, would attend. Dylan’s mother, Nicole, is American, and his father, Ian, is British.
They moved into a house on the same street as the mother of the shooter, Adam Lanza.
In a statement, the family said their youngest boy had thrived at Sandy Hook.
‘‘We do not and shall never regret this choice,’’ the Hockleys said. ‘‘Our boys have flourished here, and our family’s happiness has been limitless.’’
Dylan had a beaming smile. He played tag every morning at the bus stop with neighbors, bounced on the trampoline and played computer games. He loved purple, chocolate and seeing the moon. He was learning to read and was proud to show off his new skills to his parents. Jake was his best friend and role model.
‘‘We love you Mister D,’’ the Hockleys wrote in their statement.
Dylan also adored his teacher’s aide, Anne Marie Murphy, and would point to her picture on the family fridge every day. They took great comfort, they said, in knowing that when Dylan died, he was wrapped in Murphy’s arms. She also died.
MADELEINE HSU, 6
Madeleine Hsu was shy and quiet — but she would light up around dogs.
Karen Dryer, who lived on the same street as the Hsu family, would see Madeleine’s mom waiting for her at the bus stop at 3:15 every afternoon. Dryer would wait too, for her son Logan, who is in kindergarten. Dryer usually brought the family’s golden retriever with her.
‘‘She would come off the bus and her face would light up when she saw the dog,’’ Dryer said.
Her mom would give her a big squeeze, and Madeleine would hug her little sister. ‘‘She was just an absolute doll,’’ Dryer said. ‘‘She seemed very shy, but she was just so sweet.’’
CATHERINE HUBBARD, 6
Catherine’s parents released a statement expressing gratitude to emergency responders and for the support of the community.
‘‘We are greatly saddened by the loss of our beautiful daughter, Catherine Violet and our thoughts and prayers are with the other families who have been affected by this tragedy,’’ Jennifer and Matthew Hubbard said. ‘‘We ask that you continue to pray for us and the other families who have experienced loss in this tragedy.’’
CHASE KOWALSKI, 7
Chase Kowalski was always outside, playing in the backyard, riding his bicycle. Just last week, he was visiting neighbor Kevin Grimes, telling him about completing — and winning — his first mini-triathlon.
‘‘You couldn’t think of a better child,’’ Grimes said.
Grimes’ own five children all attended Sandy Hook, too. Cars lined up outside the Kowalskis’ ranch home Saturday, and a state trooper’s car idled in the driveway. Grimes spoke of the boy only in the present tense.
NANCY LANZA, 52, gunman’s mother
She once was known simply for the game nights she hosted and the holiday decorations she put up at her house. Now Nancy Lanza is known as her son’s first victim.Continued...