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Daniel Berden: "fearless in the pursuit of happiness in life"

NEWTOWN, CT (AP) - Daniel Berden was born on September 25, 2005. He died on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut.

Daniel's family says he was "fearless in the pursuit of happiness in life."

He was the youngest of 3 children and in a statement to the media, his family said Daniel earned his missing two front teeth and ripped jeans.

"Words really cannot express what a special boy Daniel was. Such a light. Always smiling, unfailingly polite, incredibly affectionate, fair and so thoughtful towards others, imaginative in play, both intelligent and articulate in conversation: in all, a constant source of laughter and joy," the family said.

His father, Mark, is a local musician. The New Haven Register reported the father had been scheduled to play a show at a restaurant Friday in Danbury that was later canceled.

On the biography on his professional website, Mark Barden lists spending time with his family as his favorite activity.

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