Victor, N.Y. – One of the kids killed in the Newtown, Conn., shooting last year was honored by her family members in Rochester Saturday.
Catherine Hubbard was one of the 20 young students killed on Dec. 14.
On Saturday, her 9-year-old cousin Jack Sullivan came up with the idea to hold a fundraiser for his cousin's animal sanctuary foundation.
Sullivan, along with his family, friends and volunteers, sold T-shirts, bracelets and handmade scarves at Eastview Mall. The scarves were made at Allen Creek Elementary in Pittsford, where Sullivan goes to school.
"I think at first we were a little taken aback," said Jack's mother, Kelly McCormick-Sullivan, regarding Jack's noble gesture. "But then, the more we thought through it, it seemed so perfect that the young kids are the ones that are leading the way in terms of the healing process and finding a way to help memorialize such a special little girl."
The Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary, associated with Newtown's animal center, will be built in the Connecticut town. Catherine loved animals, and her parents thought it would be a good idea to create and name the sanctuary in her honor.