With the state medial examiner’s release this afternoon of the official list of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting, we now have names to attach to the sorrow we feel. School principal Dawn Hochsprung and first-grade teacher Vicki Soto are being remembered as heroes, as are four other women killed: school psychologist Mary Sherlach, 56; Lauren Rousseau, 30; Rachel Davino, 29;  and special-education teacher Anne Marie Murphy, 52.

Sherlach, an 18-year-veteran of the school, had told friends she was preparing to retire.



Newsday reports that Murphy’s body was found by first responders covering students in an attempt to shield them from the gunfire.



Rousseau had taken a job as a full-time substitute at Sandy Hook last September, and her mother told reporters that she took comfort from knowing that her daughter’s time at the school had been the “happiest year of her life.”

Information on Davino is scarce, but that doesn’t prevent us from agreeing with this sentiment, which goes for all of those killed Friday.


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