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Newtown Hero Teacher Victoria Soto And Other Children Laid to Rest

Newtown Hero Teacher Victoria Soto And Other Children Laid to Rest


Airdate: 12/19/2012

Bagpipes wailed as the first teacher who was gunned down at the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was laid to rest Wednesday.

She's 27-year-old first grade teacher Victoria Soto.

Victoria Soto

INSIDE EDITION's Les Trent was there and reports, "The label of hero is no exaggeration when it comes to teacher Victoria Soto. She tried to distract the gunman to keep him away from the children, but when some of the children tried to make a break for it, the gunman opened fire."

The funeral procession was led by a long police motorcade as a tribute to her heroism and self-sacrifice.   

Soto's cousin Jim Wiltsie said, "We just want the world and the nation to know that Vicki died a hero. That she was trying to protect her children."

There was an overflow crowd of mourners and the service was broadcast to hundreds standing in the cold. Paul Simon himself was there to sing "Sounds of Silence."

Three more of the slain children, Charlotte Bacon, Caroline Previdi and Daniel Barden were also laid to rest Wenesday in heartbreaking funeral services.

There was an honor guard of firefighters at little Daniel's funeral because he wanted to be a firefighter.

As those services were taking place, President Obama announced he will push for tougher new gun control legislation.

"The fact that this problem is complex can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing," Obama said in a press conference.

And the uncle of slain 6-year-old Noah Pozner has revealed the little tyke was shot eleven times.

"It's devastating. It's absolutely devastating," said Pozner's uncle, Alexis Haller.

Meanwhile, there's speculation about what led 20-year-old Adam Lanza to carry out the mass shooting.

Published reports say his mother was planning to have him committed to a mental hospital. After killing her, he turned his anger on the school where she was a volunteer, believing she loved the children there more than him.   

U.S. Marine Corporal Joshua Flashman, son of a local pastor, was quoted telling foxnews.com: "Adam thought she wanted to send him away. He was really, really angry. I think this could have been it, what set him off."

Flashman's family later dismissed the story as "hearsay."


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