NEWTOWN, Connecticut (CNN) — A father who lost his six-year-old daughter in the Connecticut school shooting broke down in tears, remembering her.
Emilie Parker was one of the 20 children who was killed on Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
"I don't know how to get through something like this," Robbie Parker said. "My wife and I don't know how to process this."
How can you, Parker asked, when you lose your six-year-old daughter. Emilie, his bright light, artist with crayons, elder sister to a three- and four-year-old.
"She was the type of person that could just light up a room. She always had something kind to say about anybody. Her love and the strength that she gave us and the example that she showed to us is remarkable," Parker said. "She is an incredible person, and I am so blessed to be her dad."
"We're just devastated that someone so beautiful and perfect is no longer going to be in our lives -- and for no reason," added Emilie's tearful aunt, Jill Barrett.
But then, just a day after losing this little girl to violence, her 30-year-old father said very simply, "I am not angry."
"As we move on from what happened here, what happened to so many people, let it not turn into something that defines us, but something that inspires us to be better, to be more compassionate and more humble people," Parker said. "The best thing that I can think of to do to move on is to help other people. When you help other people, you feel better about yourself. The more people that help other people, then the more people are blessed."
The family moved to Newtown from Salt Lake City just eight months ago, because Emilie's father got a job at the local hospital where he cares for newborns. Brett Keller is the family's bishop.
"I really don't know how they are coping and dealing as well as they are," he said." They are just truly strong, faithful and believing people. I think their focus on family and the importance of family in their life is really what is sustaining them right now."
"You can never stop being the best parent you can be," Robbie Parker said. "You can always be better. You can always be more patient. You can always be more loving and understanding and willing to accept your children for who they are. I really hope that as I continue to be a dad to my two children that I can just-- if anybody looks back on my life, the number one thing that they can say about me is that I was a great dad."