Minn. Grandmother Remembers Conn. Shooting Victim

Updated: 12/17/2012 7:54 AM KSTP.com By: Naomi Pescovitz

One of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut has ties to Minnesota. Six-year-old Charlotte Bacon's grandparents live in Nisswa.

Charlotte's grandmother, Irene Hagen, describes Charlotte as a bright and adorable first grader with curly red hair. She dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. 
  
"She was very precocious, she was very hyperactive, she was busy all the time," Hagen said.

On the morning of December 14, Charlotte was busy convincing her mother to let her wear her new pink dress.

"My daughter put her hair in pigtails and pink bows and she wore white boots, and my daughter said she was just really really adorable that morning as she was getting ready to go to school," Hagen said.

Charlotte's mother, JoAnn Bacon, is a graduate of Orono High School. She had wanted to take a picture of Charlotte Friday morning but they ran out of time.

"She says now, looking back, she said, I realized, that Charlotte was all dressed up to go to live with Jesus," Hagen said.

Charlotte's funeral is planned for Wednesday.

"You sit down and think, out of all the elementary schools in the United States, out of all the first grade classes, this happened to my granddaughter's. It doesn't seem real. It just doesn't seem like it's possible," Hagen said.