Josephine Gay celebrated her seventh birthday Tuesday, just three days before she was killed in Friday's mass shooting at her elementary school
Josephine Gay celebrated her seventh birthday Tuesday, just three days before her life was tragically cut short in a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday. Hundreds took to social media to express their condolences and grief about her death.
“Rest in peace, Angel,” reads a message on a Facebook page dedicated to Josephine Gay.
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She was nicknamed “Boo” because she looked like the character in the animated children's movie Monster's Inc., according to a Facebook post by Carole Laude Pechi. Her beaming smile, fronted by a set of big, white teeth, paired with her short brown hair to complete the resemblance.
Sinde Candella, who used to live in the neighborhood, said on Facebook she watched news reports hoping she wouldn't see any names she recognized. Candella said Josephine’s parents, Bob and Michelle, are loving and “very into doing things with their girls.”
"May God be with you and may he hold Josephine in his arms in Heaven," she posted.
“This just isn’t fair,” wrote Ashley Victoria Kendrick. “She’s so beautiful and happy. She will be a lovely part of heaven.”
"You can see in your daughter's face that she was a joy and pure perfection," Rachel Taylor posted Sunday morning. "Your daughter will not be forgotten."
Josephine liked to ride her bike in the street and set up lemonade stands in the summer, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal. She loved the color purple.
A neighbor told the Wall Street Journal that the family is “very kind” and that the Gay girls were very welcoming when she first moved to the area.