Olivia Rose Engel should be blowing out 12 candles today, serenaded by her parents, little brother and friends and other family members. She’d be a sixth grader, middle schooler. But her parents never got to see what their little six year old would look like, and they aren’t the only parents who were robbed of that right because of one act, a young lonely guy, who shouldn’t have had a gun himself, walked into Olivia’s school and ended the lives here on earth of six educators and 20 first graders, including Olivia’s.
Olivia was described as having a zest for life, one that began early. With help from her adoring parents, she quickly developed an affinity for all things fun. On any given afternoon, one could just as easily find her twirling in a pink tutu in dance class, developing her swing on the tennis court, kicking the winning soccer goal, drawing, painting and gluing things in art class, or honoring her inner songstress in her community musical theater class. The budding swimmer also loved to join her dad or grandpa on their boats, so she could explore the world from the water.
Olivia had started to developed a love and affinity for math, reading, arts and crafts, and her parish. Participating in her church's CCD program and leading the family's Grace each evening were sources of great pride for Olivia, as was being a big sister. Ever patient, Olivia took joy in helping her little brother explore the world she'd grown to love. “This smart, bubbly NY Yankee fan and Daisy Girl Scout would instantly light up a room with her humor, charm, and wit. She was a sweet and appreciative six-year-old with a lot to live for. Her physical loss will deeply be felt every day by those who loved her most, but her sparkly spirit will live on forever,” as will her everlasting legacy. Rest In Peace beautiful birthday angel #OliviaEngel #choosekindess #newtownstrong #sandyhook #26legaciesthatwilllastforever #26legaciesthatarechangingtheworld