Emilie was "very loving," her grandfather told Salt Lake City, Utah, television station KSL TV. "She just loved taking care of people. If she saw people with their feelings hurt, it was, ‘What can I do to help?' She was that kind of child."
NEWTOWN — Emilie Parker, 6, was the blonde-haired and blue-eyed oldest sister of three girls.
Emilie was described by her father, Robbie Saturday afternoon to CNN as “always smiling."
Hours after the Parker family learned of the loss of Emilie, a fund was set up by two close family friends in her memory.
Parker was among the 20 students killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School Friday.
The Emilie Parker Fund was set up to help parents Robbie and Alissa “with their immediate needs due to the loss of their beautiful girl,” the page says. The page was created by Brad Schultz and Alan Prothero.
The two say they have been close friends to the pair for 15 years. They did not immediately return a message seeking comment Saturday.
Reports indicate that Emilie and her family were originally from Ogden, Utah. Her father works as a physician’s assistant, according to Facebook. A newspaper in Utah interviewed Robbie Parker’s father, Randy, before he traveled to Newtown, and explained that the family moved here earlier this year for Robbie’s work.
"She was very loving," Randy Parker told KSL TV of his granddaughter.
"She just loved taking care of people. If she saw people with their feelings hurt, it was, ‘What can I do to help?' She was that kind of child."
According to other published reports, Emilie’s parents waited hours to find out the fate of their daughter.
Robbie Parker spoke to CNN on Saturday after the names of the victims were released.
Parker offered his condolences to everyone — including the family of the suspected shooter,
“I can’t imagine how hard this experience must be to you," Parker said, referring to the Lanza family, according to CNN.
Parker told CNN his daughter was an artist and was learning Portuguese.
As of Saturday at 7 p.m., the Facebook page had over 115,000 likes. People from all over the globe commented on the Facebook page, with thousands thanking Robbie for speaking.
“Thank you so much for coming forward and putting a loving and human face on this tragedy,” a woman by the name of Keri Gonzalez wrote.
“Thank you for sharing your feelings with us, and bless you for your loss.”
No one answered the door at the Parker's home Saturday afternoon. There were wreathes hung on the lampposts that lined the family’s driveway, an inflated holiday snow globe, and a door mat that read “Bless our Home.”