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Victoria Soto: Gave her life to shield students

Published on Dec 20, 2012 3:51 PM

(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.

A sign in remembrance of teacher Victoria Soto, one of those killed in the Dec 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, hangs from a tree at a makeshift memorial for victims of the shootings in Sandy Hook village in Newtown on Dec 19, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS