Conn. victims: Lively youngsters, devoted adults
“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.”
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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 minitriathlon.
“You couldn’t think of a better child,” Mr. Grimes said.
Mr. 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. Mr. Grimes spoke of the boy only in the present tense.
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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.
Authorities say her 20-year-old son Adam gunned her down before killing 26 others at Sandy Hook. The two shared a home in a well-to-do Newtown neighborhood, but details were slow to emerge of who she was and what might have led her son to carry out such horror.
Kingston, N.H., police Chief Donald Briggs Jr. said Ms. Lanza once lived in the community and was a kind, considerate and loving person. The former stockbroker at John Hancock in Boston was well-respected, Chief Briggs said.
Court records show Ms. Lanza and her ex-husband, Peter Lanza, filed for divorce in 2008. He lives in Stamford, Conn., and is a tax director at General Electric. A neighbor, Rhonda Cullens, said she knew Ms. Lanza from get-togethers she had hosted to play Bunco, a dice game. She said her neighbor had enjoyed gardening.
“She was a very nice lady,” Ms. Cullens said. “She was just like all the rest of us in the neighborhood, just a regular person.”
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Jesse Lewis, 6