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Dec 15, 2012 6:36 PM

Conn. Dad Recalls Loving, Creative 6-Year-Old

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - The father of a 6-year-old girl killed in the Connecticut elementary school massacre says his deep pain is comforted by the memory of how bright, loving and creative his daughter was.

Robbie Parker says his daughter Emilie was artistic and was always quick to draw a picture or make a card for friends. He says the world is a better place because Emilie was in it.

Parker was among the first parents to speak about the loss of one of the 20 children who died in Friday's shootings in Newtown. He struggled to collect his breath at first, much less to speak. He says he's not mad and expressed sympathy for the shooter's family.

Parker says, "She was beautiful. She was blond. She was always smiling."

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