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Hero Sandy Hook teacher laid to rest

Victoria Soto placed herself between her students and the gunman to try and save their lives.

STRATFORD - Family and friends said their final goodbyes today to Victoria Soto, the first-grade teacher who died trying to save the lives of her students.

The 27-year-old Stratford native was able to save some of their lives by using her training and instincts.

Soto's family says it was her lifelong dream to become a teacher. News 12 Connecticut was told that the Soto graduated from Stratford High School and Eastern Connecticut State University.

Today, the university announced the creation of a scholarship in Soto's honor for students studying to be teachers.

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