- Mar 2, 2014
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The world will miss you, little Evelyn.
Evelyn Dieckhaus, 9, is remembered as a 'beacon of light and hope' in first Nashville school shooting funeralAmid a dark mood in Nashville, the girl's church pastor reminded mourners of Evelyn's aura of "hope and love."
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Evelyn Dieckhaus had planned to spend Friday singing Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" in a play about jazz at her school.
Instead, mourners wearing pastel colors packed into Woodmont Christian Church to remember the 9-year-old "shining light" who was killed in a rampage Monday. Among them, country music singer Vince Gill, who sang Armstrong's song in her honor.
"Evelyn could have been anything,” senior pastor Clay Stauffer said. "But she chose to be a beacon of light and hope, love and joy to those around her.”
Evelyn’s funeral was the first held for a victim of Monday’s massacre at The Covenant School. A photo of her on the programs, with a big smile and a bright pink headband pushing back her light blond hair, filled the room for the celebration of her life.
In an obituary published in the Tennessean, the 9-year-old's family described Evelyn as "strong but never pushy," with a self-composure beyond her years.
She also loved music.
Evelyn's uncle, Jeff Dieckhaus, said during the service that his niece was “our family’s shining light” and was “always happy, always smiling.”
“She had the courage of a tiger and a spirit that far outsized her 9-year-old body,” he said.
The most important thing to Evelyn was her family, he said. She also loved babies and animals and nature, he said.
She was also known as an “adoring little sister” to Eleanor, her uncle said: The two were almost always connected — playing together, snuggling and holding hands while they walked.
They were “each other’s biggest fans,” Dieckhaus said. “At their core, they were best friends and loved each other so much.”
At the service, Dieckhaus shared some words from Evelyn’s big sister.
“Evelyn was funny, caring and super knowledgeable. She was the best thing that ever happened to me.”
Evelyn Dieckhaus, 9, is remembered as a 'beacon of light and hope' in first Nashville school shooting funeralAmid a dark mood in Nashville, the girl's church pastor reminded mourners of Evelyn's aura of "hope and love."www.nbcnews.com
Rest in peace beautiful child.
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