You were taken too young, you are a beautiful sweet little girl and I will love you and miss you forever,” a person who knew Grace wrote on Facebookou were taken too young, you are a beautiful sweet little girl and I will love you and miss you forever,” a person who knew Grace wrote on Facebook
NEWTOWN, CONN. — On the morning of the Friday shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Melissa Paynter posted on Twitter about seeing Grace McDonnell’s mother, Lynn, on television: “Just saw a mom I babysit for on the news, she can’t find her daughter … Please oh please god let her be okay!”
But little Grace, who was 6 years old, did not survive Adam Lanza’s attack.
“You were taken too young, you are a beautiful sweet little girl and I will love you and miss you forever,” Paynter wrote Friday afternoon.
Paynter, who lists herself on her Facebook.com account as a 2007 graduate of Newtown High School, did not immediately respond to a personal message asking for reflections on Grace McDonnell, who turned 6 on Dec. 4.
Paynter later posted again about Grace and another 6-year-old victim, Jack Pinto: “All I want for Christmas is for this not to be true... RIP Grace McDonell and Jack PInto. Ill never stop loving you.”
The McDonnells and Pintos have told media members who have descended on this 27,000-population community to refrain from attempting to contact them for comment.
The McDonnell home on Bresson Farm Road is located just a half-mile from the home of Nancy Lanza, 54, the mother of 20-year-old Adam Lanza, the man State Police confirmed was responsible for killing his mother, 20 children and six adults before taking his own life.
A 21-year-old neighbor who lives on Founders Lane, Andrew Domingos, said the neighborhood is very close-knit. Domingos, who attends St. John's University, said he was a student at Sandy Hook Elementary School with Adam Lanza, who was a year behind him.
"I rode the school bus with him, but I didn't know him personally," Domingos said Saturday evening