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Uncle in Texas says 6-year-old Newtown victim 'called to a new mission'

Uncle in Texas says 6-year-old Newtown victim 'called to a new mission'

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Emilie Parker, victim of Sandy Hook Elementary shootings Courtesy of KVUE.com

WFAA — In the living room of his Keller home, Jeremie Parker wavered between smiles and tears.

The memories of his niece, Emilie Parker, bring him joy.

The reality of what happened to her and 19 classmates in a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school last Friday brings him immense sadness.

"Her mission isn't over," he said of six-year-old Emilie. "She just got called to another one."

The Christmas card from his brother in Connecticut is hanging on the refrigerator door. It arrived in the mail on Saturday, not even 24 hours after the unthinkable happened.

It shows Emilie with four-year-old sister Madeline, and three-year-old sister Samantha, alongside a beaming mother and father; a family now facing something no family should have to face.

"There's no words," Jeremie Parker said, shaking his head.

Emilie was one of the 20 children killed Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Her father, Robbie, lived in Arlington as a little boy. His oldest brother Jeremie moved back to Texas a few years ago, and is now a middle school teacher in Irving.

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