Conn. Shooting Victim Josephine Gay Was Maryland Native

Usually wore purple because "she grew up in a family of Ravens fans"

Friday, Dec 21, 2012  |  Updated 8:36 AM EDT
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Josephine Gay, who turned seven just three days before she died, liked riding her bike and setting up lemonade stands. Her favorite color was purple, according to The Wall Street Journal. She was nicknamed "Boo" because she looked like the larger-than-life child in the film "Monsters Inc.," according to Carole Laude Pechi's Facebook post.

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One of the young victims of the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., was a Maryland native.

Josephine Gay's parents, Bob and Michele Gay, issued a statement Thursday recalling their daughter's "indomitable" spirit.

They say their daughter, known as Joey, turned 7 three days before the shooting. The statement says Joey was autistic and suffered from apraxia, a neurological disorder that affects motor skills, and could not speak. Her parents say she "touched the lives of so many around her" and "had a wonderful sense of humor."

Joey was born in Columbia and moved to Connecticut with her family four years ago.

Her parents say their daughter loved "all things purple" and usually wore purple clothing because "she grew up in a family of Ravens fans."

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