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Authorities release the names of those killed yesterday morning at Sandy Hook Elementary

Authorities in Connecticut have now released the names of the children and faculty killed yesterday morning at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. The overwhelming majority of those killed were very young children, only six years old, as has been reported. Three of the children were seven years old. The adults (all women) ranged in age from twenty-seven to fifty-six.

Here are the names and ages of the deceased:

  • Mary Sherlach, fifty-six
  • Anne Marie Murphy, fifty-two
  • Dawn Hocksprung, forty-seven
  • Lauren Russeau, thirty
  • Rachel Davino, twenty-nine
  • Victoria Soto, twenty-seven
  • Chase Kowalski, seven
  • Daniel Barden, seven
  • Josephine Gay, seven
  • Charlotte Bacon, six
  • Olivia Engel, six
  • Ana Marquez-Greene, six
  • Dylan Hockley, six
  • Madeline Hsu, six
  • Catherine Hubbard, six
  • Jesse Lewis, six
  • James Mattioli, six
  • Grace McDonnell, six
  • Emilie Parker, six
  • Jack Pinto, six
  • Noah Pozner, six
  • Caroline Previdi, six
  • Jessica Rekos, six
  • Avielle Richman, six
  • Benjamin Wheeler, six
  • Allison Wyatt, six

No doubt we will be hearing more about the lives of the victims in the days to come as their family and friends remember them and honor their memories.

We at NPI extend our most heartfelt condolences to all affected by this tragedy in Newtown. It’s revolting and sickening to imagine that any human being could be capable of shooting classrooms full of innocent kindergartners.

Police are still investigating a motive. They have reportedly uncovered some promising evidence already, and they have been able to determine that the alleged shooter did not walk into the school, but rather forced himself in, which indicates the school had already taken precautions to ensure the safety of its pupils.

It appears the administrators and teachers at Sandy Hook did all they could to protect their young charges. Unfortunately, the assailant was armed with assault weapons, including a rifle… contraptions which have no useful purpose except to injure or kill human beings. Bullets from those weapons (legally purchased and owned by the shooter’s mother) apparently killed all of the people listed above.

3 Comments

  1. Lyn M.
    Posted December 16th, 2012 at 7:38 PM | Permalink

    I just wanted to let you know how proud I am that you have had the courage to say the things you have said. Things that truely needed to be said. Also that you had had the courage to hold to your convictions and not back down when pressed to do so by the press or by the comments made on different media forms.

  2. Andrew
    Posted December 16th, 2012 at 8:07 PM | Permalink

    Thank you, Lyn.

  3. Victoria
    Posted December 17th, 2012 at 6:55 AM | Permalink

    this is so terrible