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There really are no words to express our heartache and shock at this desperate tragedy. We just wanted to take a moment to remember the sweet children and brave teachers that lost their lives the morning of December 14 – a day that will never be forgotten.

Most of the children taken away 12.14.12

Most of the children taken away 12.14.12

In some cases, staffers both saved students and managed to escape with their own lives. In a classroom, teacher Kaitlin Roig barricaded her 15 students into a tiny bathroom, pulled a bookshelf across the door and locked it. She told the kids to be “absolutely quiet.”
“I said, `There are bad guys out there now. We need to wait for the good guys,'” she told ABC News. [Huffington Post]

Others were not so lucky.

Victoria Soto

Victoria Soto

This is Victoria Soto, she was only 27. As the shootings started she hid her 16 students in the closets and cupboards. When the shooter came to her classroom she told him that her class was in the gym. He shot and killed her and then later turned the gum on himself. Not one of Victoria’s students was harmed.

Today she is a hero, and her bravery will never be forgotten.

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.” – Mr Rogers

These are the names and ages of the 26 Sandy Hook Elementary School victims, our hearts go out to their families. May they all rest in peace.

Names of Sandy Hook victims

Photo Credit: George Asencio (Facebook)

Charlotte Bacon, 6
Daniel Barden, 7
Rachel Davino, 29
Olivia Engel, 6
Josephine Gay, 7
Ana Marquez-Greene, 6
Dylan Hockley, 6
Dawn Hochsprung, 47
Madeleine Hsu, 6
Catherine Hubbard, 6
Chase Kowalski, 7
Jesse Lewis, 6
James Mattioli, 6
Grace McDonnell, 7
Anne Marie Murphy, 52
Emilie Parker, 6
Jack Pinto, 6
Noah Pozner, 6
Caroline Previdi, 6
Jessica Rekos, 6
Avielle Richman, 6
Lauren Rousseau, 30
Mary Sherlach, 56
Victoria Soto, 27
Benjamin Wheeler, 6
Allison Wyatt, 6

[Source: Connecticut State Police]

Our deepest condolences go out to the Sandy Hook Elementary School families devastated by this tragedy. Our hearts break.

Rest in Peace Sweet Angels