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. (Dec. 15)
SHOTLIST:AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYNewtown, Connecticut - December 15, 20121. SOUNDBITE: Robbie Parker/"my daughter emilie would be one of the first ones to be standing and giving her love and support to all of those victims because that's the type of person that she is. Not because of any parenting that my wife and I could have done but because those were the gifts that were given to her by her heavenly father. As the deep pain begins to settle into our hearts, we find comfort reflecting on the incredible person that emilie was and how many lives she was able touch in her short time here on earth. Emilie was bright, creative and loving. Emilie was always willing to try new things, other than food. She loved to use her talents to touch the lives of everyone that she came into contact with. She was an exceptional artist and she always carried around her markers and pencils so that she never missed an opportunity to draw a picture or make a card for those around her. I can't count the number of times emilie noticed someone being sad or frustrated and would rush to find a piece of paper to draw them a picture or write them an encouraging note. Emile's card making was expressed in october when she placed a card into the casket with her grandpa, who also just recently died of a tragic accident. Emilie was a mentor to her two little sister, teaching them to read, dance and find the simple joys in life. Emilie's laughter was infectious and all those who had the pleasure to meet her would agree that the world was a better place because she has been in it."Handout photos of Emilie ParkerSTORYLINE: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.