Teacher Victoria Soto was one of the heroic victims - New York News

Teacher Victoria Soto was one of the heroic victims

Posted: Updated:
MYFOXNY.COM -

Sandy Hook elementary school teacher Victoria Leigh Soto is being called a hero for protecting students during the shooting rampage before she was killed by the gunman. 

A picture of the 27-year-old Soto was taken just last week at Sandy Hook school where this teacher of five years loved her first graders so much she referred to them as her kids. 

Her cousin Jim Wiltsie says Vicki was very career oriented. She held a double degree in history and education and was just about done with her Masters. 

The last time Jim saw his cousin was Thursday night, ironically at a wake. The next morning a gunman cut her life short, but not before she tried to protect her kids. 

Soto was found in her classroom with the kids she huddled them in a closet and was trying to protect them from the gunman's bullets. 

Soto loved the beach and grew up in Stratford where she was currently living. She leaves behind her parents and three younger siblings and her black lab Roxie. Fox 5 asked Jim what Vicki would say about all that's happened. 

"The comfort is knowing that Vicki passed away doing what she loved to do and we're proud to know that and it brings peace to the family to know she was protecting those kids  -- regardless of the intimate details that took place Sin that classroom with the monster that came in. Her instincts were to get those kids out of harm's way and that's exactly what she did and unfortunately, she lost her life doing that -- trying to protect her kids in the face of danger and she did instinctively what was in her heart -- be a teacher," said Wiltsie.  

A candlelight vigil was held Saturday night at Stratford High School for Vicki. There have been no other arrangements made yet at this time.  

An official said the gunman came into her classroom last and he was also found in the same classroom.

  • Connecticut NewsConnecticut NewsMore>>

  • Rifle seized after squirrel shooting in Milford

    Rifle seized after squirrel shooting in Milford

    Thursday, April 17 2014 8:48 AM EDT2014-04-17 12:48:12 GMT
    Connecticut State NewsConnecticut State News
    Police say they found an unregistered assault rifle and three large-capacity magazines in the home of a Milford man accused of shooting a squirrel.  James Toigo has been charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm, cruelty to an animal, reckless endangerment, breach of peace, failure to register an assault rifle and possessing large-capacity magazines.
    Police say they found an unregistered assault rifle and three large-capacity magazines in the home of a Milford man accused of shooting a squirrel.  James Toigo has been charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm, cruelty to an animal, reckless endangerment, breach of peace, failure to register an assault rifle and possessing large-capacity magazines.
  • Time takes toll on 1907 Meriden clock tower

    Time takes toll on 1907 Meriden clock tower

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:22 PM EDT2014-04-16 16:22:55 GMT
    A 107-year-old clock tower atop Meriden's City Hall could be removed as city officials grapple with a $350,000 renovation cost.
    A 107-year-old clock tower atop Meriden's City Hall could be removed as city officials grapple with a $350,000 renovation cost. Weather has caused the tower's exterior to rot.
  • Obama congratulates UConn on NCAA dominance

    Obama congratulates UConn on NCAA dominance

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 9:47 PM EDT2014-04-16 01:47:07 GMT
    President Barack Obama has congratulated the University of Connecticut's men's and women's basketball teams on winning last week's NCAA tournaments. The White House says Obama commended men's head coach Kevin Ollie and his team on their decisive championship victory and noted how he enjoyed watching them throughout the tournament. He told women's head coach Geno Auriemma how impressive it was to see the team continue to dominate women's collegiate basketball.
    President Barack Obama has congratulated the University of Connecticut's men's and women's basketball teams on winning last week's NCAA tournaments. The White House says Obama commended men's head coach Kevin Ollie and his team on their decisive championship victory and noted how he enjoyed watching them throughout the tournament. He told women's head coach Geno Auriemma how impressive it was to see the team continue to dominate women's collegiate basketball.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Hundreds celebrate Easter at St. Patricks Cathedral

    Hundreds celebrate Easter at St. Patricks Cathedral

    Saturday, April 19 2014 10:37 PM EDT2014-04-20 02:37:51 GMT
    Hundreds of people showed up to Saturday's mass at St. Patricks Cathedral to celebrate Easter, one of the holiest days for Christians around the world.
    Hundreds of people showed up to Saturday's Mass at St. Patricks Cathedral to celebrate Easter, one of the holiest days for Christians around the world.
  • NYC police investigating body in plastic container

    NYC police investigating body in plastic container

    Police in New York City are questioning a suspect after discovering a dead body stuffed into a large, black plastic storage container.
    Police in New York City are questioning a suspect after discovering a dead body stuffed into a large, black plastic storage container.
  • Governor kicks off 114th annual New York International Auto Show

    Governor kicks off 114th annual New York International Auto Show

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:00 PM EDT2014-04-19 23:00:18 GMT
    Auto fans you may already know this the 114th New York International Automobile Show is in town this week. Governor Cuomo was on hand Saturday to kick off the official opening of the 10 day event by driving a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette convertible through the Jacob Javits Convention Center.
    Auto fans you may already know this the 114th New York International Automobile Show is in town this week. Governor Cuomo was on hand Saturday to kick off the official opening of the 10 day event by driving a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette convertible through the Jacob Javits Convention Center.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices