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“I’m so blessed to be her dad,” he said.

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Noah Pozner, 6

Noah was “smart as a whip,” gentle but with a rambunctious streak, said his uncle, Alexis Haller of Woodinville, Wash. Noah’s twin sister, Arielle, assigned to a different classroom, survived the shooting. He called her Noah’s best friend, and with their 8-year-old sister, Sophia, they were inseparable.

“They were always playing together; they loved to do things together,” Mr. Haller said. When his mother, a nurse, would tell him she loved him, he would answer, “Not as much as I love you, Mom.”

Mr. Haller said Noah loved to read and liked to figure out how things worked mechanically. For his birthday two weeks ago, he got a new Wii.

“He was just a really lively, smart kid,” Mr. Haller said. “He would have become a great man, I think. He would have grown up to be a great dad.”

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Lauren Gabrielle Rousseau, 30, teacher

Lauren Rousseau spent years working as a substitute teacher and doing other jobs. So she was thrilled when she finally realized her goal this fall to become a full-time teacher at Sandy Hook.

Her mother, Teresa Rousseau, a copy editor at the Danbury News-Times, released a statement Saturday that said state police told them just after midnight that she was among the victims.

“Lauren wanted to be a teacher from before she even went to kindergarten,” she said. “We will miss her terribly and will take comfort knowing that she had achieved that dream.”

Her mother said Lauren was thrilled to get the job.

“It was the best year of her life,” she told the newspaper.

Lauren Rousseau has been called gentle, spirited and active. She had planned to see “The Hobbit” with her boyfriend Friday and had baked cupcakes for a party they were to attend afterward. She was born in Danbury and attended Danbury High, college at the University of Connecticut and graduate school at the University of Bridgeport.

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