Josephine Gay, 7, was killed on Dec. 14, 2012, when a gunman shot and killed 26 students and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
Updated: Thursday, 20 Dec 2012, 10:36 AM EST
Published : Tuesday, 18 Dec 2012, 9:48 PM EST
(AP) -- Josephine Gay had turned 7 just three days before the shooting.
On Monday, purple balloons — her favorite color — sprouted from the family mailbox and those of all her neighbors.
In the back of the yellow house on a quiet cul-de-sac sat a jungle gym.
"'Joey' is a beautiful little girl, may she never be forgotten and live forever in our hearts," wrote Polly Larsen, of Sunnyvale, Calif., on Facebook. She said she was close friends with the cousin of Josephine's mother.
A person who answered the phone at Mother of God Catholic Church in Covington, Ky., said Josephine was the great-niece of the pastor, the Rev. Raymond Hartman.