Daniel Barden
Daniel BardenAge: 7

In a statement, his family remembered Daniel as "always smiling, unfailingly polite, incredibly affectionate, fair and so thoughtful towards others, imaginative in play, both intelligent and articulate in conversation ... . Daniel was fearless in his pursuit of happiness and life. He earned his ripped jeans and missing two front teeth." 

Daniel Barden, 7, lived life one smile at a time.

His father, Mark, a longtime musician who played throughout the region, often posted photos of his family on his professional website. In every photo he's in, Daniel is smiling, with both his mouth and his eyes.

Daniel Barden was among the 20 children killed when a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday.

In a blog post titled "Busy Fall" dated on Sept. 10, 2005, Mark Barden wrote: "The really nice weather is here and fall is fast approaching. The big news is we are expecting our third baby due Sept. 27th!"

A couple of weeks later, in post titled "New Baby!" on Sept. 27, Mark wrote to his fans about his wife Jacqueline's successful delivery: 

"First, may I say, it's amazing how news travels. I've been touched by all the concern and well wishes coming in from all over and everywhere regarding the impending arrival of our third baby. Thank you for your thoughts.Daniel Gerard Barden arrived today, Tuesday September 27th at 12:50 P.M. He and Mommy are in excellent care and doing fine. Thanks again for all the support!!"