Funeral held for Canadian girl killed in Newtown massacre

An undated photo from Twitter of Ana Marquez-Greene, 6, killed in the shooting in Newtown, Conn. On...

An undated photo from Twitter of Ana Marquez-Greene, 6, killed in the shooting in Newtown, Conn. On Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. (Twitter photo)

ROSS ROMANIUK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:16 PM ET

Despite the sadness surrounding the violence that took her young life, it was an appropriately upbeat and musical celebration of the former Winnipeg girl who loved to sing and dance.

About 200 people sat at Winnipeg's Grant Memorial Church on Saturday to observe, via a video simulcast, a spirited and energetic funeral in the U.S. for six-year-old Ana Grace Marquez-Greene — one of 20 young children who were killed Dec. 14 in a shooting massacre at their school in Newtown, Conn.

"Ana truly was a gift, a gift from God, a gift from Heaven itself," Rev. Paul Echtenkamp told the crowd of about 1,000 mourners at First Cathedral in Bloomfield, Conn., while those watching in Winnipeg — many of whom had known the child and her family — applauded frequently.


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