As the stories of Newtown, Connecticut’s youngest shooting victims continue to emerge, so does the anguish of those who knew them best.
Among them: Jazz saxophonist Jimmy Greene, whose 6-year-old daughter, Ana Marquez-Greene, was killed alongside 19 other children at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday.
Described as “a joyful little girl who loved to sing, dance and leave sweet notes under her parents’ pillows” by NBC News, Ana and her family had moved to the U.S. from Canada just two months prior to the attack, family members told The Associated Press.
A video released by the Greene family on Sunday portrays another side of the little girl — a budding performer, like her father, who recently took a job as a music professor and assistant jazz program coordinator at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CBS reports.
“In a musical family, her gift for melody, pitch and rhythm stood out remarkably. And she never walked anywhere – her mode of transportation was dance. She danced from room to room and place to place,” her family reportedly said in a statement released Monday. “She danced to all the music she heard, whether in air or in her head.”
Described as one of the wide-ranging and influential musical offspring of saxophonist Jackie McLean by music reporter Larry Blumenfeld, Greene composed an ode to Ana on his 2009 album “Mission Statement.”
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