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Sandy Hook: Tributes to the Lost

Family, friends remember James Mattioli

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As we approach the one-year anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, where on Dec. 14, 2012, 20 children and six adults lost their lives, Eyewitness News will share a little about each person's life and how their families are honoring their legacies.

James Mattioli's family called him their "beloved prince" and gave him the nickname, J. 

James lost his life inside his classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School. He is described as a friend to everyone, who loved baseball, basketball, swimming and arm wrestling.

Apparently, James loved to wear a T-shirt and shorts in any weather. He spiked his hair with hair gel. Friends said he was "so funny," curious and enjoyed life.

Many said James' favorite foods were hamburgers with ketchup and his dad's omelets with bacon. They also said he adored his older sister, Anna, and loved to cuddle with his mom, Cindy, on the couch at the end of the day.

Since his death, James' family has fought to keep his energetic spirit alive. His father, Mark, has spoken to lawmakers to try to prevent something like this from ever happening again.

"I believe in few gun laws," Mark Mattioli said.

He told CBS News that he believes officials should "enforce (gun) laws appropriately."

After James passed away, his parents set up a fund in his memory and any donations can made to the following address:

James R. Mattioli Memorial Fund

C/O Newtown Savings Bank

39 Main Street

Newtown, CT 06470

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