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Saturday, December 15th, 2012

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.

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3 Comments

  1. 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.

    # by Lyn M. :: December 16th, 2012 at 7:38 PM
    • Thank you, Lyn.

      # by Andrew :: December 16th, 2012 at 8:07 PM
  2. this is so ter­ri­ble

    # by Victoria :: December 17th, 2012 at 6:55 AM