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St. Peters Woman Was Cousin to Heroic Sandy Hook Teacher

Post-Dispatch reports the two first cousins had separated when she was 16.

Noemi Guyton, of St. Peters, was first cousin to the teacher widely hailed as a hero to her first-grade students in the midst of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported today that Guyton "was stunned to learn" of the death of her cousin, Victoria "Vicki" Soto, 27, who reportedly huddled her students in a closet, then lied to  suspected gunman Adam Lanza, telling them the children were in the gym.

Soto was shot and killed on Friday morning, along with 20 first-graders at the school and six other adults, including the shooter, who killed himself.

The Post-Dispatch reported that Guyton has lived in St. Peters three years. The newspaper quoted her saying, "When the parents of her students go to (Soto's) funeral, how are they going to say thank you? Thank you doesn’t feel like enough.”

The newspaper said Guyton had left Connecticut for Tennessee when she was 16 and had not kept in close touch with Soto.

lindsey December 16, 2012 at 02:45 PM
I am so so sorry for your loss. Your Cousin is a TRUE hero
Keepalowprofile December 16, 2012 at 04:43 PM
In reading news stories about this horrific tragedy, Two things have touched me deeply, Your cousins bravery to face the gunman and protect the little angels in her care and the other teacher that sat down and started to read to her class.
katie December 17, 2012 at 03:47 PM
You're right - thank you doesn't begin to touch the gratitude for her heroic actions. Just being able to keep her composure and think of that in the situation she was in is a testament to what an AMAZING person she must have been. What a horrible event, the nation has been brought to tears, myself included. They are all in our prayers.

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