A teacher gunned down during the Connecticut school massacre was remembered as a selfless hero who died trying to shield her pupils.
Outside 27-year-old Victoria Soto's funeral in Stratford yesterday, family friend Kim Rusatsky said Ms Soto had an infectious smile and it's "pretty apparent" how selfless she was.
Ms Soto, five other staff and 20 children were shot dead on Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, in one of the worst school shootings in US history.
Peter Rusatsky praised Ms Soto's actions, saying "any teacher would do it and not blink and just do whatever had to be done to protect those children".
Fairfield police chief Gary MacNamara called Ms Soto a "tremendous hero" and said sacrificing her life was "the ultimate strength".