The Straits Times
Published on Dec 20, 2012

Victoria Soto: Gave her life to shield students


(TRANSCRIPT): Pallbearers carry the casket of 27-year-old school teacher Victoria Soto - one of 26 victims of a deadly school shooting in Connecticut.

The first grade teacher gave her life to shield her students. A high school classmate remembers her smile.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) CONNIE DELOTTINVILLE, GRADUATED WITH VICKI FROM STRATFORD HIGH SCHOOL IN 2008, SAYING: "She was one of the most beautiful people, like the really super popular person, but she was friendly with everyone, like she did not have a mean bone in her body, always smiling and laughing and you could hear her down the hallway."

Now her loved ones seek comfort from each other as they face a future where a courageous young woman becomes a memory.