NEWTOWN, Conn. - Authorities have released the names of the 26 people gunned down in a rampage at a Friday Connecticut elementary school.

All six adults killed at the school were women. Of the 20 children who were shot to death, eight were boys and 12 were girls. All the children were ages 6 or 7.

The father of a 6-year-old girl killed in the Connecticut elementary school massacre says his deep pain is comforted by the memory of how bright, loving and creative his daughter was.

Robbie Parker says his daughter Emilie was artistic and was always quick to draw a picture or make a card for friends. He says the world is a better place because Emilie was in it.

Parker was among the first parents to speak about the loss of one of the 20 children who died in Friday's shootings in Newtown. He struggled to collect his breath at first, much less to speak. He says he's not mad and expressed sympathy for the shooter's family.

Parker says, "She was beautiful. She was blond. She was always smiling."

A medical examiner says the victims were killed by multiple rifle shots, some of them up close. Dr. H. Wayne Carver said at a news conference Saturday he believes "everybody was hit more than once."

Friday's massacre has elicited horror and soul-searching around the world.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says the "innocent little boys and girls" were "taken from their families far too soon."

President Barack Obama will attend a memorial service Sunday in Newtown the site of the killings.

The following is a list, released by the Connecticut Chief Medical Examiner, of the victims of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School:

Adults:

  • Rachel Davino, 29
  • Dawn Hochsprung, 47
  • Anne Marie Murphy, 52
  • Lauren Russeau, 20
  • Mary Sherlach, 56
  • Victoria Soto, 27

Children:

  • Charlotte Bacon, 6
  • Daniel Barden, 7
  • Olivia Engel, 6
  • Josephine Gay, 7
  • Ana Marquez-Greene, 6
  • Dylan Hockley, 6
  • Madeleine Hsu, 6
  • Catherine Hubbard, 6
  • Chase Kowalski, 7
  • Jesse Lewis, 6
  • James Mattioli, 6
  • Grace McDonnell, 7
  • Emilie Parker, 6
  • Jack Pinto, 6
  • Noah Pozner, 6
  • Caroline Previdi, 6
  • Jessica Rekos, 6
  • Avielle Richman, 6
  • Benjamin Wheeler, 6
  • Allison N. Wyatt, 6