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Madeleine Hsu

Newtown, CT, USA

Student, Sandy Hook Elementary School

12/14/2012, Newtown, CT, USA

Madeleine F. Hsu, who turned 6 in July, was among the youngest victims in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. To Hsu family neighbor Karen Dryer, Madeleine was known as Maddy and was the little girl who wore bright, flowery dresses that matched her personality, and shared a ride to school with her 5-year-old son, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Dryer, in earlier reports, described Madeleine as a “very upbeat and kind” girl. “She was a sweet, beautiful little girl,” Dryer told the newspaper.

A Facebook account for a woman whose records indicate she is a relative of Madeleine’s features a photo of a young girl grinning from ear to ear and wearing a pink bow in her hair that matches her pink sweater. The photo also appears on

Several friends have commented on the Facebook profile picture. “A beautiful little soul who was very loved, full of life and I know will be missed dearly by all who knew her,” was one of the comments written Saturday evening by Christen Buchert. Judi Muir wrote Monday, “She is such a beautiful granddaughter and now a beautiful angel.”

People magazine reported that at night, she shared a bed with her two sisters. “They had their own rooms,” a family friend told the magazine, “but they slept in the same room because they wanted to be together. … She was a gorgeous, gorgeous little girl.”

Dyer said the Hsu family moved into the neighborhood within the last few years. She added that Madeleine’s mother would schedule work so she could meet her daughter as soon as she got home from school, always waiting at the end of the driveway in a red minivan.


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