This is Victoria Soto, and she is an unspoken hero of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. She went to my high school in Stratford, Connecticut and she was only 27. When the shooter came into her classroom, she hid all of her first graders in the closets and cabinets and told him that they were in the gym. He shot her and left, but every single one of her children were completely unharmed. Victoria passed away there but her sixteen kids made it to safety. I found out from Facebook and my home town is mourning her, but acknowledging that she was a hero and gave her life to save the innocents.
Please take a moment to think about Victoria and her family as well as the children that passed away. If it weren’t for Victoria there would have been almost 40 children murdered today. I didn’t know her personally more than a face in a yearbook, but many people who are close to my heart loved her. I want her memory to live on.