A funeral will be held on Saturday in Connecticut for Ana Márquez-Greene, the six-year-old girl formerly from Winnipeg who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting Dec. 14.
A statement from the family today said the service will be held at noon at the First Cathedral in Bloomfield, Conn.
"Ana's love for singing was evident before she was even able to talk," said the statement. "She never walked anywhere -- her mode of transportation was dance. She danced from room to room and place to place. She danced to all the music she heard, whether in the air or in her head."
"We ask that you pray for the legions of people who are left behind to cherish memories of her."
The Márquez-Greene family moved to Connecticut from Winnipeg last year when Ana's parents took new jobs in the Newtown, Conn., area. Jimmy Greene, her father, was a jazz instructor at the University of Manitoba for three years. Her mother, Nelba Márquez-Greene, had worked at the University of Winnipeg as a family therapist.
Over the past week, vigils for Ana have been held in Winnipeg at both universities and the Whyte Ridge Baptist Church, which the family attended.
Two funds for donations have been set up in Ana's name at the places where her parents now work: The Ana Grace Márquez-Greene Music Scholarship Fund at Western Connecticut State University, and the Ana Grace Márquez-Greene Family Therapy Fund at the Klingberg Family Centers.
The family has also said donations can be made in Ana's name to the Artist's Collective in Hartford.