Credits: REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
WINNIPEG - A Winnipeg girl is among the victims of Friday's shooting rampage in Connecticut.
Ana Marquez-Greene, 6, and her older brother Isaiah attended Linden Christian School in Linden Woods, before moving with their parents to Newtown in July and enrolling at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the fall. Both children were inside the school when the shooter opened fire.
Ana was among the 20 children killed in the mass shooting. Her brother, reportedly a Grade 3 student, escaped without physical harm.
Eight adults were also killed, including the suspected gunman, Adam Lanza.
Linden School principal Robert Charach said he was told of Ana's death Friday afternoon.
"It's a tragedy," said Charach, noting staff held a prayer session late Friday afternoon for all victims of the shooting. "But to actually know someone who died in this, it personally takes it to a new level."
Charach said counsellors will be on hand Monday for students who knew the family.
The children's father is American jazz saxophonist Jimmy Greene. According to his online biography, Greene and his family spent the past three years in Winnipeg while he worked as a faculty member with the University of Manitoba's school of music. His wife, Nelba, is a therapist who worked at the
University of Winnipeg's Aurora Family Therapy Centre.
"We're all absolutely reeling at the news," a Winnipeg-based friend of the family told QMI Agency late Friday.
About 60 people attended a vigil for the Marquez-Greene family Friday night at Whyte Ridge Baptist Community Church, where the family were parishoners during their time in Winnipeg.
"They were a nice family," an unidentified pastor told QMI Agency as people prayed behind him.
Others expressed condolences to the family via Twitter.
"My prayers and heart go out to my brother, Mr. Jimmy Greene. Your loss cannot be compared. I'm praying for you and your family," Christian Sands tweeted.