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Chase Kowalski Loved Baseball, Had Already Completed First Triathlon

NEWTOWN, Conn. (CBSNewYork) -- Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre victim Chase Kowalski was already an accomplished athlete at the age of 7, having completed his first triathlon and taking great pleasure in the game of baseball.

In an obituary published on, Chase's family said he was "a fun-loving energetic boy that had a true love of life." He had also run in many community road races, and enjoyed baseball practice with his father and teammates.

Chase was a Cub Scout, and could often be found in the yard playing ball, or riding his bike or quad, his family said.

He was also always excited to attend the kids' workshop at the Trumbull Home Depot.

"He was greatly loved by his family. He joins his maternal uncle and grandfather, his paternal great grandmother and grandmother in a much better place," his family said.

Chase's family will receive friends at the Spadaccino and Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home in Monroe, Conn., from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday. A prayer vigil is being held throughout the afternoon.

In addition to Chase, the child victims of the massacre were:

Charlotte Bacon, 6;
Daniel Barden, 7;
Olivia Engel, 6;
Josephine Gay, 7
Ana Marquez-Greene, 6;
Dylan Hockley, 6
• Madeleine Hsu, 6;
• Catherine Hubbard, 6;
• Jesse Lewis, 6;
• James Mattioli, 6;
• Grace McDonnell, 7;
Emilie Parker, 6
• Jack Pinto, 6;
• Noah Pozner, 6;
• Caroline Previdi, 6;
Jessica Rekos, 6;
• Avielle Richman, 6;
• Benjamin Wheeler, 6;
• Allison Wyatt, 6.

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