BOSTON (CBS) – One of the young victims of the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting is being remembered through the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism in Massachusetts.

Josephine Gay, who turned 7 three days before she was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary, was autistic, severely apraxic and could not speak.

Her family, who calls her Joey, has established “Joey’s Fund” in her name through the foundation.

The proceeds will help families raising autistic children.

The Gay family said in a statement that it’s their way of dealing with their pain and never letting go of her love.

“She touched the lives of so many around her: teachers, therapists, friends, neighbors, all loved and cherished her. Joey was social and affectionate; she smiled, she loved hugs, and she even had a wonderful sense of humor. Her spirit was indomitable. She participated in rigorous therapy and treatment on a daily basis without complaint. She loved to play with her Barbie dolls, iPad, and computer, swim, swing, and be anywhere her sisters were.”

Josephine’s funeral is scheduled for Saturday.

Donations can be made by visiting


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