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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of the school children killed in a mass shooting in Connecticut attended school in Rio Rancho last year before her family moved.
Rio Rancho Public School District officials confirmed that Emilie Parker went to Maggie Cordova Elementary last year.
Her father Robbie Parker was one of the first parents to speak out about the shooting the day after Friday's massacre that left 20 school children and six adults dead at a school. He says he's blessed to be Emilie's dad.
Neighbors who knew the Parkers told the Albuquerque Journal they were kind and quiet and were active members of the Mormon church down the road.
Rio Rancho Public Schools spokeswoman Kim Vesely told KOB-TV teachers and staff across the district have been deeply affected since hearing the news.