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Victoria Soto – 11/04/1985

STRATFORD, Conn. – An elementary school near Newtown, Conn. will be renamed after a teacher who died shielding her students from the gunman, according to The Stratford Star.

Officials say that HoneySpot Elementary School in Stratford will be named after Victoria Soto.

Stratford Mayor John Harkins made the recommendation which was approved Monday night, exactly one month after the shootings.

Shooter Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six educators at the school on Dec. 14 before committing suicide. He also killed his mother at their Newtown home.

Victoria Soto, 27, moved her first-grade students away from the classroom door. The gunman burst in and shot her, according to the father of a surviving student.

“She would not hesitate to think to save anyone else before herself and especially children,” her mother, Donna Soto, told CNN’s Piers Morgan.

The mayor said he also hopes to build a memorial to Soto, and a petition has been reportedly been started to rename a local street after her.

Soto graduated from Stratford High School in 2003.


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Read more: The Stratford Star.