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Charlotte Bacon, one of the victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Ct.

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Updated: January 20, 2013 6:12AM

A Geneva church is reaching to help the family of former parishioners, whose granddaughter was killed in the Newtown, Conn., school tragedy.

Dan and Lindie Bacon, who retired as St. Mark’s Church missionaries, moved to Newtown in June to be near their son’s family.

On Friday, their granddaughter, 6-year-old Charlotte Bacon, was one of the 20 children killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

“They loved little Charlotte — she was their youngest grandchild,” said friend and fellow parishioner, Pat Wright of Wheaton. “Charlotte was very clever, sweet and fun.”

Charlotte was the daughter of Joel and Joann Bacon, who lived in North Aurora before moving to Newtown.

Wright said St. Mark’s parishioners have reached out to support the Bacon family. They immediately received support for donations after Sunday’s service to purchase a flight ticket for one of the sons living in Australia and for the funeral for Charlotte.

Wright said Dan Bacon was the leader of St. Mark’s Mission Commission when they lived in Batavia. The Bacons were missionaries with Overseas Missionary Fellowship International before their retirement a few years ago.

Wright said she knew the Sandy Hook Elementary School was close to the couple’s home because she had visited them over the summer. She contacted the Bacons when she heard of the shooting on Friday morning, and, “Dan confirmed it was Charlotte’s school, but at the time they did not know if she was safe.”

“I called again in the afternoon just as they were heading for the school. They said it didn’t look good because the children that survived had been reunited with their parents,” she said.

Her church group was scheduled to have the annual Christmas dinner Friday night, Wright said.

“We almost cancelled it, but we decided we needed to be together. While we were ready to sit down for dinner, Dan called to tell us the state trooper was just there and Charlotte did not survive,” Wright said.

Wright said it was difficult for parishioners when the Bacons left the church to move to Newtown.

“They felt it was really God’s direction leading them. I look back in God’s providence he wanted them there for this time,” Wright said.

“They have a strong, strong faith,” Wright said. “Dan told us they know God is good and even though they cannot make any sense of it, they trust God is in control.”

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