Connecticut School Shooting Felt Close To Home
The tragedy that unfolded at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT was felt close to home when news spread that one of the victims is the daughter of Midland Park High School Class of 1990 graduate Matthew Hubbard.
Catherine Violet Hubbard, age 6, was among the 20 students and six teachers killed when 20-year-old Adam Lanza went on a shoot spree in an elementary school on Dec. 14.
“We are greatly saddened by the loss of our beautiful daughter, Catherine Violet and our thoughts and prayers are with the other families who have been affected by this tragedy," Jennifer and Matthew Hubbard wrote in a statement to ABC News.
“We appreciate the overwhelming support from our community that we have received"
According to her obituary, "she will be remembered for her passion of animals and constant smile." The family is requesting memorial donations be made to the Newtown Animal Center, PO Box 475, Newtown, CT 06470.
A memorial fund, organized by Pittney Bows, is being collected for the Hubbard Family with the goal of raising $12,000. Donations can be made on the Give Forward website. The collection ends on Dec. 28. As of Dec. 18, close to $9,000 had been raised.
Catherine is survived by her older brother, Frederick William, her parents Matthew and Jennifer, her great grandmother, Geraldine Russell Holden of West Chester, PA, her grandparents Susan and Leo Sullivan of West Chester, PA and Nancy and Earl Hubbard of Chatham, Mass, four uncles, four aunts and nine cousins.
The funeral will be held Thursday, Dec. 20, at St. Rose of Lima Church in Newtown, CT, with internment at St. Rose Cemetery in Sandy Hook, CT. The Honan Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Condolences can be posted on Catherine's Legacy.com page.