NEWTOWN -- Colorful holiday decorations disappeared here Saturday, replaced by somber black bunting, flags at half-staff and dozens of candles set in a hastily created shrine honoring the 26 Sandy Hook Elementary School victims mercilessly gunned down by an armed madman the day before.

By late Saturday afternoon, State Police had released the names of the 12 little girls and eight young boys slaughtered by Adam Lanza, 20, with a powerful, military-style assault rifle, adding another layer of pain on a community already reeling from Friday's bloodbath.

The list of the dead also included six adult women -- teachers, counselors and administrators -- at the kindergarten through fourth-grade school in this close-knit suburb that was once a fertile farming community.

One of the children killed was Emilie Parker, 6, whose father Robbie said she "brightened up" every room she entered and delighted in teaching her two younger sisters to dance and read.

"I'm blessed to be her dad," he said, choking back tears.

Parker, who moved to Newtown just eight months ago to take a physician assistant job in Danbury Hospital's newborn intensive care unit, amazingly said he bore no ill will towards the Lanza family.

"Our family's love and support go out to you as well," he said. "I can't imagine how hard this experience has been on you."

Late Saturday, Peter Lanza, the mass murderer's father, responded wi