Officials of a town near Newtown, Connecticut, are renaming a local school for a resident killed in the massacre there and hailed as a hero.
HoneySpot Elementary School in Stratford will be named after 27-year-old Victoria Soto who died trying to shield her students from the gunman inside Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Shooter Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six educators at the school on December 14 before committing suicide. He also killed his mother at their Newtown home. It came as no surprise to Victoria’s mother Donna Soto that her daughter died trying to save the kids.
“She was truly selfless,” she said. “She would not hesitate to think to save anyone else before herself and especially children. She loved them more than life, and she would definitely put herself in front of them any day, any day, and for any reason.”
She added, “We heard at one point that they found some people hiding in a closet and all of us said, ‘Vicki would never be hiding in a closet, she would be out there protecting those babies’. So it doesn’t surprise anyone that knows Vicki that she did this.”
“She just loved her kids and talked about them all the time with such fondness and caring. She just adored them.” Mayor John Harkins made the recommendation which was approved, exactly one month after the shootings.
The mayor also is hoping to build a memorial to Soto, and a petition has been started to rename a local street after her. Soto graduated from Stratford High School in 2003.
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