The family of a former Winnipeg girl who was killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Conn., is asking people to mark the tragedy's one-year anniversary by doing something kind.
Ana Márquez-Greene, 6, was one of 20 children who died on Dec. 14, 2012, when an armed 20-year-old man burst into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown and opened fire.
The man killed the 20 children, as well as six educators, before turning the gun on himself.
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Ana's older brother, Isaiah, was not injured.
Ana, Isaiah and their parents, Jimmy Greene and Nelba Márquez-Greene, had moved from Winnipeg to Newtown five months prior to the shooting.
Karen Schroeder, a close family friend in Winnipeg, says the days leading up to the shooting's one-year anniversary on Saturday have been a dark time for the Márquez-Greenes.
"It's really tough. They're reliving everything. They relived their last moments with Ana," said Schroeder, whose daughter, Abby, was good friends with Ana.
The Márquez-Greenes are asking for privacy ahead of Saturday's anniversary, in which the victims' families will light candles in honour of those who were killed.
Schroeder said Ana's family is asking the public to honour the little girl by carrying out acts of kindness on Saturday.
"By doing something kind for someone else, by volunteering, by hugging your kids extra-tight at night — just by doing the little things which make a big difference," she said.