Update: Local Church Reaches Out To Family of Girl in Newtown Shooting
St. Mark's received donations to help some former members dealing with the loss of their granddaughter, Charlotte Bacon. She was one of the first-graders who died in the Dec. 14 Newtown school shooting.
St. Mark's Church in Geneva gathered donations to help some former members who lost a granddaughter in Friday's tragic shooting in Connecticut.
Dan and Lindie Bacon are former St. Mark's missionaries and Batavia residents. They moved to Newtown, Conn., this year to help raise their grandchildren. One of those grandchildren, six-year-old Charlotte Bacon, was one of the 20 students who died in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
On Sunday the church received donations to purchase an airplane ticket for one of the family's sons living in Australia, and also for Charlotte's funeral, the Aurora Beacon-News reports.
Dan and Lindie had moved to Newtown to be with their son, Joel, his wife, Joanne, and their children, Charlotte and her older brother, Guy.
Pat Wright, Bacon family friend and St. Mark's parishioner, said she called the Bacons twice on Friday—once when she heard of the shooting and again in the afternoon as the Bacons were headed for the school, according to the Beacon's report.
Charlotte's other grandparents, John and Irene Hagen, Joanne's parents, were also in touch with the family on the day of the shooting, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Charlotte's parents and two sets of grandparents would eventually find out that she did not survive the shooting. Hagen said one of her daughter Joanne's last memories of Charlotte is going to be of her in a new pink dress that she wore to school on Friday, the Star Tribune story said.
A visitation will be held for Charlotte from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. eastern time today, Tues., Dec. 18, at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 85 Mount Pleasant Road in Newtown. A memorial service will take place there at 1 p.m. on Wed., Dec. 19.
How to Help Charlotte's Family
In place of flowers, contributions in Charlotte's memory can be sent to:
Christ the King Lutheran Church
85 Mt. Pleasant Road
Newtown, CT 06470