The tragic last school picture of first graders who were gunned down by Sandy Hook shooter with their substitute teacher
23:24 GMT, 17 December 2012
Fifteen hopeful, smiling faces beam at the camera for a school picture just a few months ago- a picture which could be from any class in any school in America.
But this is not just any picture of any class. It is the last class photograph of the group of Sandy Hook first graders who were wiped out in a hail of bullets on Friday by crazed gunman Adam Lanza.
There will never be a photo of their high school graduation. They will never be pictured at their prom. Tragically and inexplicably, these innocent children are now dead.
Smiling faces: This is the last tragic picture of the group of Sandy Hook first graders who were wiped out in a hail of bullets on Friday by crazed gunman Adam Lanza
Clockwise from top left: Catherine Hubbard, Ana Marquez-Greene, James Mattioli, Grace McDonnell, Josephine Gay, Madeline Hsu, Chase Kowalski, unknown, Jack Pinto, Noah Pozner, Jessica Rekos, Daniel Barden, Charlotte Bacon, Benjamin Wheeler and Caroline Previdi
When it was taken earlier this year, these 15 children didn't have a care in the world. Their whole lives stretched out in front of them and each smiling face was full of wonder and hope.
Adam Lanza killed his mother at their home and then opened fire inside the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, killing 26 people
The parents of these children will never see these smiling faces again after the 20-year-old described by some as 'deeply disturbed' burst into their classroom on Friday and gunned them down with a Bushmaster .223 caliber rifle.
Their substitute teacher Lauren Rousseau, 30, was also shot dead.
Little Emilie Parker is missing from the picture. Her father told MailOnline she was not at school that day.
But sadly she was at school on Friday and was also among the 20 young victims of the senseless massacre.
Almost all of their happy faces have now been identified, it is just unclear who the one student is in the middle of the second row is or if she is still alive.
After his horror spree in this first grade section, Lanza moved to another classroom, gunning down young teacher Victoria Soto who died saving many of her students.
Six of her students were murdered, the rest were later found hiding and terrified in the safety of a closet she had put them in.
It was then, as authorities were closing in, that Lanza turned the gun on himself, ending a massacre that police believe could have been even worse.
They revealed yesterday he had more ammunition in the form of multiple, high-capacity clips each capable of holding 30 bullets, raising the possibility Lanza had planned an even deadlier massacre and was stopped short.
'There was a lot of ammo, a lot of clips,' said state police Lt Paul Vance.
'Certainly a lot of lives were potentially saved.'
The chief medical examiner has said the ammunition was the type designed to break up inside a victim's body and inflict the maximum amount of damage, tearing apart bone and tissue.
Noah Pozner and Jack Pinto, both aged six, were the first victims to be laid to rest today.
The community were out in droves in Fairfield, Connecticut for the funeral service of Noah, who was the youngest victim of the rampage.
Hundreds of mourners also clogged the narrow streets of Newtown today for the funeral of Jack Pinto.
The little boy was described as an avid sports fan who loved wrestling and the New York Giants. Jack was buried wearing the jersey of his favorite player Victor Cruz.
Giants' receiver Cruz played in Sunday's football game with the boy's name written all over his cleats and gloves, saying he was 'honored' to have been Jack's favorite.
Dozens of families who could not fit into the funeral home stood outside in the cold and rain, waiting to pay their respects.
First funerals: People arrive for the funeral service of six-year-old Noah Pozner at Abraham L. Green and Son Funeral Home in Fairfield, Connectivut, today
More sorrow: The funeral of Jack Pinto also took place today at Newtown Village Cemetery, he was buried wearing the jersey of his favorite Giants player Victor Cruz
Heart break: Three women embrace as they arrive for the funeral services of six year-old Noah Pozner, who was the youngest victim of the Sandy Hook massacre