16/12/2012 10:11 GMT | Updated 16/12/2012 10:13 GMT

Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting: Robbie Parker's Tribute To Daughter Emilie, 6 (PICTURES)

The father of a six-year-old killed in the Sandy Hook school massacre has told of how the world was a better place because his daughter had been it it.

Robbie Parker described his daughter as an "exceptional artist" who was "bright, creative and very loving".

Fighting back tears, he said: "My daughter Emilie would have been one of the first ones to be standing and giving her love and support to all those victims, because that's the type of person she is.

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Robbie Parker fights back tears as he speaks during a news conference

"As the deep pain begins to settle into our hearts, we find comfort reflecting on the incredible person Emilie was and how many lives she was able to touch in her short time here on earth.

"Emilie's laughter was infectious and all those who had the pleasure to meet her would agree that this world is a better place because she has been in it."

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Emilie Alice Parker, 6, was murdered

All 20 child victims of Connecticut gunman Adam Lanza were first graders aged six or seven and some were shot up to 11 times.

Eight of the children were boys and 12 were girls. All six adults killed at the school were women.

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