Sandy Hook Victims: The Names and Faces We Will Never Forget

On December 14, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. He then took his own life as police arrived on the scene. We remember those who lost their lives that day

First graders

  • Josephine Gay – age 6, killed in first grade classroom.
  • Thelma Mclaughlin – age 69, killed in gymnasium.
  • Chase Kowalski – age 7, killed in first grade classroom.
  • Grace Askew – age 8, killed in second grade classroom. Her sister Juli survived the shooting and has been involved with efforts to preserve the school and memorialize her sister. She said It is a really important place for us because we all went there as little kids together.
  • Emilie Parker -age 6, killed in first date-kindergarten class.

Second graders

Dylan Hockley, Benjamin Wheeler, Noah Pozner, Jesse Lewis, James Mattioli, Daniel Barden, Jack Pinto.

Daniela Lefnizcyk. Ana Marquez-Greene. Madeline Hsu. Allison Wyatt. Caroline Previdi. Charlotte Bacon. Chase Kowalski. Olivia Engel

Grace McDonnell. Jessica Rekos. Catherine Hubbard. Chase Kowalski. Jesse Lewis. James Mattioli. Emilie Parker. Jack Pinto. Noah Pozner

Third graders

  • Rachel Davino
  • Anne Marie Murphy
  • Lauren Roussea
  • Olivia Engel
  • Josephine Gay.
  • Ana Marquez-Greene
  • Dylan Hockley
  • Dawn Hochsprung
  • Madeleine F., age 6
  • . Chase Kowalsk
  • Jesse Lewis
  • James Mattioli
  • Grace McDonnell
  • . Emilie Parker
  • Jack Pinto
  • Caroline Previdi
  • Jessica Rekos
  • Avielle Richman
  • Benjamin Wheeler
  • Allison Wyatt

Second-grade teacher, Lauren Rousseau, was only 30 years old. She died trying to protect her students from gunfire in Sandy Hook Elementary’s main office. Dawn Hochsprung, principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School and Rachel Davino, a behavioral therapist at Sandy Hook Elementary School were also killed as they entered their classrooms to teach on December 14, 2012.

Second grade – Third Paragraph: Two students from second grade died at Newtown’s nearby St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church when a gunman approached during morning mass, killing 26 people – 20 children between six and seven years old – as well as six adult members of St. Rose Parish in one fell swoop.

Kindergarten students

Kindergarteners pose for photos in their new clothes as they get ready to enter the Sandy Hook School. An unidentified woman smiles for a photograph as she walks with her daughter, bundled in a bright pink coat, across the school’s parking lot. Both wear white tights with pom-poms on them. It was the first day of school after winter break, but they would never walk through those front doors again alive.

Victoria Soto, 27, had been a teacher for four years. She died shielding her first-graders from gunfire. Teachers Victoria Soto, Olivia Engel, Lauren Rousseau, Rachel D’Avino and Mary Sherlach were all killed in what has become one of America’s worst school shootings. They will be remembered by their students forever as heroes.

Simone Camilleri – Third Paragraph: Simone Camilleri used to play with his dog outside his home in nearby Stratford when he was a child.

Older siblings

On Friday, December 14th, 2012 at 9:30 AM 20-year-old Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. For the next six minutes he would shoot his way through two classrooms of 6 and 7 year olds before turning a gun on himself. Twenty children were murdered that day; 17 of them were 6 or 7 years old. Before going to the school Adam had killed his mother. Sixteen other people were injured including four staff members and two police officers who responded to the scene as well as another adult who was either off duty at the time or acting as a substitute teacher for that morning’s classes.

At least three of Adam Lanza’s victims had an older sibling who survived. When 14-year-old Josephine Gay was killed, her brother Nate was in fourth grade; when 6-year-old Ana Marquez-Greene was murdered, her 12 year old sister Juliet was at school; when first grader Dylan Hockley died his brother Jake, 3 years his senior, was just down the hall. These siblings were all too young to have much memory of that day but are now all grown up with children of their own. No doubt these kids have been through hell over their lifetime because their family has been touched by tragedy.

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