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Emily Parker Obituary

Emily Parker (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Parker Family)
Quick to cheer up those in need of a smile, Emily Parker never missed a chance to draw a picture or make a card.

Her father, Robbie Parker, fought back tears as he described the beautiful, blonde, always-smiling 6-year-old girl who loved to try new things, except food.

Parker, one of the first parents to publicly talk about his loss, expressed no animosity for the gunman, even as he struggled to explain the death to his other two children, ages 3 and 4. He's sustained by the fact that the world is better for having had Emily in it.

"I'm so blessed to be her dad," he said.

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