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School to be named after Sandy Hook teacher

  • Hopewell Elementary School to be renamed in honor of Newtown, Connecticut, victim Victoria Soto
  • Stratford mayor: 'She gave her life protecting children, and we must make sure her sacrifice is never forgotten'
Victoria Soto died while protecting her students in the deadly Newtown, Connecticut, shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary.

She died protecting her students from a gunman. Now, her hometown wants her remembered for her heroism.

Mayor John Harkins proposed renaming Honeywell Elementary School in memory of Victoria "Vicki" Soto, one of the teachers killed in last month's Newtown, Connecticut, shootings.

HLN affiliate WTNH said the Stratford, Connecticut, Town Council approved a measure Tuesday by unanimous vote.

"I am happy that the town was able to come together and pass this and I feel honored that my sister's name will stay alive and she will never be forgotten," said Jillian Soto, Victoria's sister.

Read more: Newtown: Surviving Tragedy

Soto was raised in Stratford and lived in the town until her death at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Adam Lanza shot his own mother before going on a shooting rampage at the school, killing 20 students and six adults before taking his own life. 

Seven of Soto's students were found hidden in a classroom closet when she was shot and killed.

"In the days since the tragedy in Sandy Hook, the stories of bravery and heroism by Stratford's own Victoria Soto have been both heart-wrenching and abundant," Harkins said in a statement. "She gave her life protecting children, and we must make sure her sacrifice is never forgotten. Over the last couple of weeks, I have met with Victoria's family and discussed how the town can recognize her in a meaningful and appropriate way. Her family has shown amazing strength and resilience in remembering and honoring Victoria's life."


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