Among the eight adults murdered yesterday along with the twenty school children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. was 27-year-young teacher Victoria Soto.
Victoria Soto will be forever remembered as a teacher who gave her life by shielding her first grade students from Adam Lanza’s gunfire with her own body.
Miss Soto taught at the school for 5 years and was remembered by one distraught 10-year-old former student as 'really nice and funny' according to Mail Online.
Soto’s cousin, Jim Wiltsie, told media that the teacher was shielding students and ushering them into a classroom closet “when she came face to face with the gunman. “
'She put herself between the gunman and the children and that's when she was tragically shot and killed,' Mr Wiltsie said.
I'm just proud that Vicki had the instincts to protect her kids from harm,' he continued.
'It brings peace to know that Vicki was doing what she loved, protecting the children and in our eyes she's a hero,' he added.
It seems that Miss Soto was also sort of a young rebel in the classroom. She reportedly enjoyed chewing gum in class, which is something not normally allowed for teachers. Her students often teased her about the habit; and she playfully teased them back.
One of her young students, Jacob Riley, said that Victoria Soto was well-liked by all the students at Sandy Hook Elementary.
Most of the children killed were between the ages of 5 through 10, and were found in two classrooms.
Rest in peace Victoria Soto. Thank you.