Funerals for shooting victims

Funerals are taking place for victims of the US shootings.

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Mourners say goodbye to US shooting victim Emilie

Mourners said goodbye to six-year-old Emilie Parker today, who was one of 26 people killed in the Sandy Hook School shootings.

Mourners hug each other after the funeral of Emilie Parker in Ogden, Utah. Credit: REUTERS/George Frey

Speaking after Emilie's death, her father Robbie said his six-year-old daughter would have been "one of the first ones to be standing and giving her love and support to those victims."

Emilie Parker. Credit: APTN

Emilie leaves behind two little sisters, aged three and four, who her family said she helped teach to dance and read.

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Obama calls for support on gun law changes

The White House has released a video of President Obama calling on people in America to support changes to gun laws in the US.

The president says, "in the days since the heartbreaking tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, hundreds of thousands of you, from all 50 states, have signed petitions asking us to take serious steps to address the epidemic of gun violence in this country.

"So I just want to take a minute today to respond and let you know we hear you."

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Special education teacher Anne Marie Murphy buried today

52-year-old special education teacher Anne Marie Murphy Credit: Family handout

The funeral Anne Marie Murphy, a special education teacher who died trying to protect her Sandy Hook Elementary School students, will take place later today.

Murphy, a wife and mother of four, was found in her classroom, her body crumpled on top of those of the children for whom she acted as a human shield, according to a member of the emergency services who described the scene to her father, 86-year-old Hugh McGowan.

Yesterday the family of six-year-old Dylan Hockley, due to be buried tomorrow, said they took "great comfort" in knowing their son was not alone when he died. Murphy was among six teachers who died in the massacre. Her family said:

"She will be remembered for her love of the arts, walks in the outdoors and most importantly: her family, Anne is survived by her devoted husband, Michael, her loving children: Kelly, Colleen, Paige and Thomas."

Music lover Benjamin Wheeler to be buried later today

Six-year-old Ben Wheeler, shot dead last Friday during the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre Credit: Family handout.

The funeral of six-year-old music lover, Ben Wheeler, will take place in Newtown later today. He was killed along with his classmates during last week's massacre in Sandy Hook elementary school. His parents had left behind stage careers in New York to move to Newtown, after he was born.

His mother Francine told the Newtown Bee:

"Music can happen anywhere. We knew we wanted a piece of lawn, somewhere quiet, somewhere with good schools."

His family described him as an "irrepressibly bright and spirited" boy who was becoming a strong swimmer and loved his lessons. He had recently performed at a piano recital, and was a "devoted fan" of his older brother Nate.

Ben's grandfather, Carmen Lobis, told The Denver Post, he had already wrapped the model subway train he had requested for Christmas.

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