The school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, left 27 people dead. The names of the victims were released earlier this week and now the first photos are starting to hit the internet.
Eighteen of the Connecticut school shooting victims were children under the age of seven. According to the Guardian, 12 of the child victims were little girls and eight were little boys.
The youngest, Noah Pozner, celebrated his 6th birthday in November.
In addition to the children who lost their lives during the school shooting last week, six adults were also killed. All of the adult victims were women. Stories about the adult victims are both heroic and sad.
The Daily Beast reports that Dawn Hochsprung, the principal at Sandy Hook Elementary, died after she lunged at the shooter in an attempt to save the children.
School therapist Diane Day said that Hochsprung and school psychologist Mary Sherlach “didn’t think twice about confronting or seeing what was going on.” Both women were killed during the attack.
Victoria Soto, a 27-year-old first grade teacher, is also being hailed as a hero. Soto had her students get into a closet and barricaded the door as the gunman entered the room.
Soto’s cousin said: “From what we’ve been told, my cousin, Vicki, and her first grade classroom, took her students and huddled them into a closet. And then, shielded the children in the closet, trying to protect them from bullets … Put herself between the gunman and the kids.”
Here are some more photos of the women and children who lost their lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Photos Of Connecticut School Shooting Victims Released Online
Not pictured: Madeleine F Hsu, Grace McDonnell, Jack Pinto, Noah Pozner, Benjamin Wheeler, Allison N Wyatt and Rachel Davino.
After the shooting at the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado earlier this year some of the surviving victims begged the media not to mention the shooter’s name. The survivors wanted people to remember the names of the victims instead of the name of the shooter. There’s plenty of information out now about the Sandy Hook school shooter but please take a moment to flip through the photos and remember the names and the faces of the women and children who lost their lives last week in Newtown, Connecticut.