Sandy Hook School Shooting

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List of Victims:

Charlotte BaconCharlotte Bacon
Charlotte Bacon was a sweet outgoing 6-year-old girl. She had two very loving and wonderful parents, Joel and JoAnn Bacon. She had a loving brother named Guy Bacon. She was very gifted girl with loving grandparents and other extended family.  She was always full of energy! She loved school and to wear dresses. She had beautiful curly red hair and loved the color pink. She had a wonder smile and loved animals. She wanted to be a veterinarian from a very early age. She had a way of expressing her individuality. She would practice Tae Kwon Do with her dad and brother often.




Daniel BardenDaniel Barden
Daniel Barden lived in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. He was born in Pawling, NY on September 27, 2005. He lived with his brother James and sister Natalie with parents Mark and Jacqueline Barden. He had several Aunts, uncles, and cousins as well.  Daniel was said to be very loving, had a great imaginative mind, and loved to spend time with everyone in his family. He liked to play the drums in the family band with his sister and brother and loved surfing! He liked to play foosball and was on both the soccer and swim team in Newton. On many occasions he would sit around a bonfire and make s’mores with his cousins at their grandpa’s house. Anyone who met Daniel was touched by how warm and how he inspired kindness and giving to others. He truly was an inspiration. He was full of life and fearless!




Rachel D’AvinoRachel D'Avino
Rachel had just recently started working as a behavioral therapist at Sandy Hook Elementary School. She worked primarily with autistic students. Rachel was dedicated to the students in her life. She would go above and beyond for them well after school hours. She would even make house calls if she were needed. She treated each child as if they were her own. She made sure to take the time to “help them find their own way in a challenging world.”  She would host holiday parties and other events for them. Even using her home at times. Her sister described her as, “a hard worker, a risk taker, a winner she excelled at everything she did, such as her incredible patience and ability to work with those special needs, adults and children alike.”  Rachel died with her body shielding a small child. She devoted everything to the children in her care. She gave the ultimate sacrifice. But, I am sure her friends and family would agree that given a second chance, she would do it again if it meant saving the children she loved so much. That is how she was, devoted, loving, and would do anything she could for those who needed her. She is a true hero.  



Olivia Engelolivia engel
Olivia was a very grateful 6-year-old girl. She lived in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. Her family described her as “insightful for her age, and had a great sense of humor”. She always lit up a room when she walked in. She had a great laugh and an equally contagious smile! They also said she “was very creative and was always drawing and designing things!” She took art and dance lessons. She also played tennis, soccer and swam. She was a girl scout. She loved school and did great in reading and math. She was also involved in theater. She would always be the one that said prayers at dinner.




Josephine GayJosephine Gay
Josephine was a funny, 7 year old, bright girl that lived in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. She loved the color purple and liked to ride bikes. She would sell lemonade at small stands in her neighborhood.  He is described as having a loving heart and playful spirit. She had a beautiful smile and was inspiring to everyone that knew her. She was also described as “a gift”. She lived with her two sisters Marie and Sophia with their loving parents Bob and Michele Gay. Many loved her, including her grandmother Katherine Hartman and Grandfather Louise Gay, along with many cousin and extended family and friends.




Dawn Lafferty HachsprungDawn Hachsprung
Dawn was the principal of Sandy Hook School. She was devoted to the students, and staff. She loved her job. She was in the process of receiving her Ph.D. as a, “testament to her own personal mission to continue learning and lead by example.”  She was always “smiling and enthusiastic, ready to do anything.” Dawn Hachsprung saved many lives. Her encounter with the gunman was heard over the school intercom. It is not really known if the intercom was in use already or if she turned it on to warn the school, but either way her quick thinking gave most of the teachers and staff time to hide the children in their care and themselves, lock doors and keep them safe. Dawn was a hero. She gave her life and was able to send out warnings to the rest of the school. With out the intercom being on there could have been many more deaths. She was commited to the safety of the school and even had a visual monitoring system put on the campus. The doors would be locked every morning at 9:30am and visitors would have to be let in. William Glass, Danbury Deputy superintendent said, “She had a tremendous intellect and wonderful way with children. She was amazing educator. She was everything you would want.” Another dad that has children at Sandy Hook recalled, “Every year she’d do a sock-hop at the school, and she’d dress up in hoop skirts and bobby socks. She really got in to it. She was so great with the kids. They loved her. It does not surprise me at all she’d do something heroic.”



Dylan Christopher Jack HockleyDylan Hockley
Dylan was born in Winchester, England on March 8, 2006.  His family moved to Sandy Hook, Connecticut in 2010. Dylan lived with his loving parents Ian and Nicole Hockley, along with his brother Jake Hockley. He was described as having a wonderful beaming smile. He loved the color purple, trampolines, and playing computer games. He loved gazing at the moon, and absolutely adored Chocolate. He would play tag every morning with friends while waiting for the school bus. Dylan attended Sandy Hook Elementary School. His favorite teacher’s aide was Ann Marie Murphy. He kept a picture of her on his fridge. Dylan was autistic and was making great strides at Sandy Hook Elementary. Dylan was shot while Ann Murphy, was desperately trying to shield him from the bullets. They both lost their lives.




Madeleine F. HsuMadeleine Hsu
Madeline “Maddy” was a, “a very upbeat, kind, sweet and beautiful” 6-year-old girl. “
She was born in Newtown, Connecticut. Maddy had loving parents and a younger brother, Logan.  She loved sunny floral dresses. She was “unique, bright, sparkling, and determined. She was an avid reader who loved running and dancing. She was a born leader!” She was known to light up around dogs! Other times she would seem a little shy. Maddy was so caring she would meet Logan at the bus stop and hold his hand onto the bus. She would share a seat with him and very warm and caringly tell him how much fun school is and that he did not have to be afraid!




Catherine Violet Hubbardcatherine hubbard
Catherine was born to Matthew and Jennifer Hubbard on June 8, 2006. Her older brother was Frederick William. “She had a great passion for animals and constant smile.”  She had beautiful red, curly hair, and one of the cutest, most sweet smiles!








Chase Michael Kowalskichase Kowalski
Chase was a fun, loving, energetic seven-year-old boy. He is remembered as having a true love of life, filled with love for everyone around him. He completed his first triathlon at the age of six and ran in many community road races. He loved baseball and practicing with the team and his father! He also liked to ride his bike/quad. Chase enjoyed attending the kid’s workshop at the Trumbull Home Depot. Chase was also in the boy scouts. The Chase Kowalski fund was made in honor of Chase.





Jesse M. Lewisjesse lewis
Jesse was the most courageous 6-year-old boy someone could know. He was adventurous, energetic and is remembered best in, “ripped jeans and t-shirt, an army helmet strapped to his head a smudge of dirt on his cheek, tromping through the pasture on his way from one adventure to another,” Jesse, upon hearing gunfire, ran into the hall way to help get others to safety.  Jesse would fall asleep in his mother’s embrace almost every night. She described him as, “fearless, full of courage and strength. His actions were concistent with the way he lived his life: passionately embracing everything, a perfect combination of courage and faith, like a little soldier, his favorite toy.”  Jesse’s older brother JT was his best friend, his protector and was very dear to him. JT was very loving to his brother, and would take great care of Jesse with a devotion that stood out from most.




Ana Marquez-GreeneAna Greene
Ana was a beautiful, amazing six-year-old girl. Her loving and dedicated parents Nelba Marquez and Jimmy Greene graduated from the University of Hartford, for Music, in 1997. Ana would always think of others. Even when making art projects, always making something for someone else. She would leave random notes for her parents to find under their pillow that would read, “I love you Mom and Dad” all the time. She loved to GIVE kisses. Ana took after her parents with her love of singing. She never walked anywhere; She was always dancing there! Whether room to room, place to place or to the music she heard in her head! Ana was a very spiritual girl. She loved to read the bible and could always be seen dancing and singing at worship. Ana was always thinking and giving of others. If we could do half of the kind and generous acts that Ana did, we will have left a good impression. Ana will always be remembered.




James “J” Radley MottioliJames Mottioli
James was a bright, loving, generous 6-year-old boy.  He was the son of Mark and Cindy Mottioli. He liked baseball, basketball, arm wrestling, hockey, and swimming. James was often found at the Treadwell Pool diving off the diving board or at his grandparent’s house in their pool. He also liked to play on his IPad! He would always wear shorts and t-shirts even when it was cold out. He took great pride in his hair, spiking it with gel every morning. On many occasions J would sing passionately at the top of his lungs. J was so proud that he could ride his bike with out training wheels. J looked up to and admired his big sister Anna, always wanting to do what she can do! They often did things together, such as drawing, playing and even went to school together.  Anna would help J with his reading all the time! J loved the outside. Always saying, “ I need to go outside mom, I need fresh air”. J would often ask about “how old do you have to be to...Sing on stage or order a foot long sandwich from subway!” J loved and embraced everyone he met. He would always be the first to greet a guest with a hug and smile. J was saving his money to get himself a gift but decided to get a Christmas mug for his grandfather. J was a spitting image of his dad. They had a very special bond. They often did yard work, walked, and grilled burgers together. Wherever J’s dad was, Jay was there too. J enjoyed math and recess and loved all his teachers. J was a born natural mathematician. J would spend hours playing hockey with his cousin and friends. He loved to cuddle on the couch with a blanket snuggled up close to someone he loved. J is a true inspiration to not only those who knew him but to others and myself as well.




Grace Audrey McDonnellGrace McDonnell
Grace was born on November 4, 2005 to Christopher and Lynn Zapf MacDonnell. She had a, “beautiful and artistic soul. Representing all this is goon in this world.” She loved to ocean and painting. She dreamed of becoming a famous painter and live in a home on Martha’s Vineyard. Grace loved her big brother Jack Sheridan McDonnell. Grace had beautiful, long blonde, straight hair. She had a warm and charming smile. The Grace McDonnell memorial fund was made in her honor.




Anne Marie Murphyanne murphy
Anne was 52-years-old. She was born on July 25, 1960 to Dr. Hugh and Alice McGowan. She had four children Kelly, Colleen, Paige and Thomas, and a loving husband, Michael Murphy. She was a devoted mother, wife and teacher. She was artistic and loved the outdoors. She had a, “fun-loving and witty soul.” Anne was a special education teacher. She was found shielding the body of Dylan Hockley, a loved student and victim. Dylan loved Mrs. Murphy. He would point to her picture on his family fridge everyday and smile! She also had other students behind her shielding them as well. Anne is a true hero. She died protecting the children that were in her care. She loved each and every child she met. She was devoted to helping those that needed it. Anne was a wonderful soul. She will be missed.




Emilie Parkeremilie parker
Emilie was a beautiful, caring, empathetic six-year-old girl. Her beautiful blond hair and bright blues eyes could easily be distinguished in a crowd! Emilie was always smiling. Emilie love to try new things as long as it wasn’t a new food! Emilie’s empathy for people was overwhelming. She would always try to cheer you up if you were sad and down. She loved to make pictures and cards for everyone. Her father, Robbie Parker, stated that, “I am so blessed to be her dad, the world is a better place because Emilie was in it.”




Jack Armistead Pintojack pinto
Jack was a 6-year-old boy. He was born on May 6, 2006 to Dean and Tricia Volkmann Pinto. Jack also had a brother named Benjamin A. Pinto. Jack liked to be involved in many activities. He played flag football, baseball, basketball wrestling, and snow skiing. Jack is remembered for his tremendous amount of joy that he brought to everyone around him. He is so loved and appreciated. He had a giving spirit and was very determined in everything he did. His smile was so bold and wonderful. Jack was a huge New York Giants fan. It was said that he was going to be buried in his No.80 Cruz’s jersey.




Noah Poznernoah pozner
Noah was six-year-old twin to Arielle. He also had two other sisters Danielle and Sophia, and a brother Michael. Arielle and Noah were the best of friends. Noah’s uncle Alexiz Haller, wrote that Noah loved video games, and Mario brothers. He was already a very good reader. He loved animals. Mr. Haller also remembers Noah as kind, caring, smart, funny and sometimes even a little mischievous. His mother Veronique Pozner wrote a beautiful, heart-wrenching transcript that was made available, that I felt could not be better to remember dear Noah.
” The sky is crying, and the flags are at half-mast. It is a sad, sad day. But it is also your day, Noah, my little man. I will miss your forceful and purposeful little steps stomping through our house. I will miss your perpetual smile, the twinkle in your dark blue eyes, framed by eyelashes that would be the envy of any lady in this room.
Most of all, I will miss your visions of your future. You wanted to be a doctor, a soldier, a taco factory manager. It was your favorite food, and no doubt you wanted to ensure that the world kept producing tacos.
You were a little boy whose life force had all the gravitational pull of a celestial body. You were light and love, mischief and pranks. You adored your family with every fiber of your 6-year-old being. We are all of us elevated in our humanity by having known you. A little maverick, who didn't always want to do his schoolwork or clean up his toys, when practicing his ninja moves or Super Mario on the Wii seemed far more important.
Noah, you will not pass through this way again. I can only believe that you were planted on Earth to bloom in heaven. Take flight, my boy. Soar. You now have the wings you always wanted. Go to that peaceful valley that we will all one day come to know. I will join you someday. Not today. I still have lots of mommy love to give to Danielle, Michael, Sophia and Arielle.
Until then, your melody will linger in our hearts forever. Momma loves you, little man.




Caroline Phoebe PrevidiCaroline Previdi
Caroline’s parents were Jeff and Sandy Previdi. Caroline was so warm and generous. She was remembered for riding the bus with a neighbor’s son and daughter. The girls would reassure him when he got scared. Caroline would play peek-a-boo over the seat to help distract him and cheer him up. She was always smiling and getting others to smile with her. A family friend, remembers Caroline as being, “loving and compassionate, always having other children over to house, willing to befriend anyone.”  Her parents said, “Caroline Phoebe Previdi was a blessing from God and brought joy to everyone she touched. We know she is looking down on us from heaven.




Jessica Rekos jessica rekos
Jessica was born May 10, 2006 to Rich and Krista Rekos. Jessica loved horses and anything about them. In her free time she could be found watching movies, reading books and even drawing horses. She even wrote stories about horses! Her parents promised her for her 10th birthday that she could have a horse of her own to care for. She asked Santa for a new pair of cowgirl boots and hat. Jessica loved spending time and playing with her little brothers, Travis and Shane. After seeing the movie Free Willy she was determined to see an Orca in real life. Her parents made sure she got the chance by taking her to SeaWorld!  Jessica was said to have the answer to anything. She was smart and new every trick in the book, outsmarting her family every time! She thought very carefully and planned out everything. Her smile was so welcoming and sincere. She had long brown hair. Jessica’s parents wrote, “Jessica was our first born. She started our family, and she was our rock.”



Lauren Gabrielle RousseauLauren Rousseau
Lauren was born June 8, 1982. Lauren loved Music, dance and theater! She was daughter to Teresa Rousseau. Lauren had been hired on as a permanent substitute teacher, along with working at a local star bucks. She was described by most as an “angel on Earth.” Lauren was faithful, thoughtful, and a great friend. She had a love for friends and family that will be treasured forever.  She was so friendly and kind. Tony Lusardi III, and others in Lauren’s school life met together and remember how her smile would make any task that much easier.  Lauren volunteered at the church’s annual Strawberry Festival many times. Lauren was always working and very dedicated to her work. Holding several jobs at once. Lauren attended the University of Connecticut and got her master’s degree in teaching at University of Bridgeport. Lauren loved so much about life. She dedicated so much of her life studying and preparing to be a teacher. She finally got a job at Sandy Hook Elementary School as a permanent substitute teacher. She liked music, dance, and theater. Her father said, “She was like a kid in many ways, that’s why she liked working with kids so much. She died with her kids.”




Avielle RichmanAvielle Richmond
Avielle was born October 17, 2006 to Jeremy Richmond and Jennifer Hensel. Avielle liked horseback ridding, kung fu, swimming, ice skating, and being with her family and friends. She loved harry potter and the color red. She even tried to take up archery after seeing the movie “Brave”. She told her mom and dad that her dream car was a minivan! Avielle and her family had moved to Sandy Hook from San Diego, California. Because Avielle was so used to running around bear foot, it was hard to keep her in shoes. Avielle had curly hair and California attitude!




Mary SherlachMary Sherlach
Mary was married to her husband, Bill Sherlach, for 31 wonderful years. They have two grown daughters. Mary was a truly hard working, caring person. She devoted herself to helping anyone in any way she could. She had worked in tree Connecticut school systems before working at Sandy Hook Elementary. She had worked at Sandy Hook since August 1994. She was devoted to school safety. She had her own website were she wrote “I truly enjoy working with the SHS staff, parents and children, and am always ready to assist in problem solving, intervention and prevention.” She was a true and pure problem solver. Mary enjoyed visiting the Finger Lakes, but most of all loved helping children overcome their problems.  Her son in law said, “Mary felt like she was doing God’s work, working with children.” Mary heroically ran to the sounds of gunfire, without thinking twice about it, to protect what she loved. She gave her life in the most honorable way.



Victoria Leigh SotoVictoria Soto
Victoria’s life long dream was to be a teacher. She was 27 years old. Her student’s lives were the most important thing to Victoria. She loved being a teacher so much that she gave her own life to protect the children in her care. Victoria hid her children in the closets in her classroom.  She got in between the gunman and a closet full of children when the gunman took her life. She would not let him get to the children. Victoria was equally dedicated to her family. She was born to Carlos and Donna Soto. She was sister to Carlee, Jillian, and Carlos Matthew. Victoria like Flamingo’s, the New York Yankees #11, and took great joy in Christmas. The Victoria L. Soto Memorial Fund for Education was established in honor of Victoria to continue the work she so passionately gave her life for.




Benjamin Andrew WheelerBenjamin Wheeler
Benjamin was born in New York City, on September 12, 2006 to David Cole and Francine Wheeler. He was very close to his brother Nate. Benjamin was a born explorer and discoverer of all things. He had a love and excitement for what life had in store. He was very spirited and was ready to experience life with a creative, immediate and exciting view. Benjamin was on the local soccer program and could be seen smiling and laughing as he ran across the field long after he should have! He was also taking swimming lessons and was becoming a very strong swimmer. Benjamin was also a member of the Tiger Scout Den 6, and played the piano. He loved lighthouses and The Beatles! His mother remembers him saying, “I still want to be an architect, but I also want to be a paleontologist, because that’s what Nate is going to be and I want to do everything Nate does!” The Benjamin Wheeler Fund was made in his honor.




Allison N. Wyattallison wyatt
Allison loved to garden, cover the family’s home with paintings and being outside. Allison wanted to an artist. She is remembered by the random acts of kindness, once giving her lunch to a fellow plane passenger on a plane. Allison’s pictures could be seen all around the house taped to the wall. She was, “sweet, creative, funny, intelligent, … who had an amazing life ahead of her.”





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On December 14, 2012 a sick, pathetic 20-year-old gunman by the name of Adam Lanza killed his own mother Nancy Lanza while in her bed by shooting her four times in the head. He then proceeded to drive to Sandy Hook Elementary School. Using a Bushmaster XM15-E2S rifle he shot out the glass of a locked door in the front of the school. Upon hearing the gunshots Principal Dawn Hochsprung, lead teacher Natalie Hammond, and school psychologist Mary Sherlach rushed out to the noise where the gunman-opened fire. Natalie was able to return to the meeting room with a gun shot to the leg. It is not clear if the intercom was in use already or if Mrs. Hochsprung turned it on to warn the school. A young boy said he herd voices coming from the intercom saying, “put your hands up” and “don’t shoot”. There were people yelling as shot after shot rang out. The boy and his class remember hiding in the gymnasium’s closet with his teacher.
Natalie Hammond was the lead teacher in a meeting and pressed her body against the door so the deranged gunman could not get in. The gunman shot through the door hitting her in the arm and leg. She survived the attack. It is reported that Natalie first ran out with Principal Hochsprung and Mary Sherlach, returning with a gun shot to the leg, before returning and barricading the door with her own body.
The gunman then proceeded to a first grade classroom where substitute teacher Lauren Rousseau and class were. He heartlessly, and viciously slaughtered 14 children and their teacher. All but one small girl was shot multiple times. She only survived by being still and playing dead. She stayed there until the building was quiet and thought that she could get away safely. She ran from the school to her mother and said, “Mommy, I’m okay, but all my friends are dead”.
After the attack on the first classroom Lanza proceed to another first grade class near by where Teacher, Victoria Leigh Soto tried to hide several children in closets and cupboards.  She proceeded to tell the gunman that the children were in the auditorium. When 6 students came out and tried to run to safety Victoria put her self between the children and gunman. The coward shot them all. Anne Marie Murphy shielded Dylan Hockley with her body but they were both killed, along with behavioral therapist, Rachel D’Avino, while also trying to shield other children. The rest of the children were later able to escape and find a bus driver and went to a neighbor’s house to hide.
At around 9:46-9:49am the shooter stopped shooting. After first responders arrived and spotted him, the coward ran away and hid in a classroom where he shot himself in the head.
This monster viciously murdered 20 students ranging in age 6-7 and took 6 very dedicated loving and protective adults. They were each a hero in the eyes of their students and families they touched. It is so tragic that the world had to hear about their heroism because of some sick, coward that preyed on small helpless defenseless children and school staff.  

The first call to police was received around 9:30am. Police and other emergency responders arrived about 20 minutes later. 
The school nurse, Sally Cox recalls hiding under her desk and seeing the door open and getting a glimpse of the shooter’s shoes before he looked around and exited. Sally and Barbara Halstead were able to call 911 while hiding in a first aid supply closet. The Custodian, Rick Thorne bravely ran through the hallways warning everyone of the horror.
Another first grade teacher Kaitlin Roig, hid 14 students in a bathroom telling them to be very quiet to keep safe. She barricaded the door. Librarian staff, Yvonne Cech and Maryann Jacob told 18 children to hide in the library but upon discovering one door would not lock they had the children crawl into a storage room. Cech pushed a filing cabinet against the door.
The Music teacher, Maryrose Kristopik, hid her students in a tiny supply closet, where they could hear the deranged shooter pounding on the door demanding they let him in. The terrified group all sat quietly inside.
Two third grade classroom helpers were on their way to deliver the morning attendance sheet when the shooting began. A teacher, Abbey Clements, had both children duck into her classroom and hide. While, reading specialist, Laura Feinstein found two more students outside her classroom and hid them under her desk. She tried to call the office and 911 but due to poor cell phone reception was unable to connect.
In the parking lot at least three cars were found with bullet holes.

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