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CINCINNATI - Thoughts and prayers are encamping around a Tri-State couple who lost their niece in the Connecticut elementary school shootings.

Todd and Michelle Bacon have asked for privacy at this time as they cope with their family tragedy, but the family released a statement and obituary for 6-year-old Charlotte Bacon late Sunday night..

The statement said Charlotte Bacon, daughter of Joel and JoAnn Bacon, "...was an extraordinarily gifted 6-year-old who filled her family each day with joy and love.  The family will forever remember her beautiful smile, her energy for life, and the unique way she expressed her individuality, usually with the color pink."

The statement said Charlotte had wanted to be a veterinarian since the age of two and "also enjoyed practicing Tae Kwon Do weekly with her dad and brother where she relished kicking and throwing punches!"

ABC has reported that Charlotte wore a new pink dress and boots to school the day of the shootings.  They were meant to be worn during the holidays, but her mother had relented and let her wear them to school after much begging. Charlotte's older brother, Guy, was also at the school, but escaped without injuries.

Staff members at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy tell 9 On Your Side that the victim's uncle, Todd Bacon, teaches Christian Studies at the high school and they're all praying for him as he grieves with family.

Todd's wife, Michelle, serves as pastor at Montgomery Presbyterian Church. A deacon at the church said Michelle said a few words about the tragedy at a Sunday morning service, but otherwise asked for privacy. 

"Our thoughts and prayers are with them," said Deacon Cindy Godby.

The statement released by the family said, "Charlotte has left a place in her entire extended family's hearts that will never be replaced.  The family is profoundly grateful for the thoughts and prayers of the many friends around the world who have expressed their sympathies.  They trust in the depths of God's grace and with confidence know that Charlotte rests in God's arms."

A visitation will be held for Charlotte in Newtown on Tuesday night and her funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at Newtown's "Christ the King Lutheran Church."  The Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main Street, Newtown, is in care of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Charlotte's memory may be sent to Christ the King Lutheran Church, 85 Mt. Pleasant Rd., Newtown, CT  06470.

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