Paul Simon Performs At Funeral For Sandy Hook Teacher

Wed, December 19, 2012 8:09pm EST by 4 Comments
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Five days after the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, singer-songwriter Paul Simon paid tribute to heroic teacher Vicki Soto at her funeral in Stratford, Conn. So touching.

Paul Simon performed the classic Simon and Garfunkle hit, “The Sound of Silence,” at the funeral for Victoria “Vicki” Soto on Wednesday, Dec. 19. Vicki was one of the 26 who were tragically killed when Adam Lanza opened fire on Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. on Dec. 14.

Paul Simon Pays Tribute

Paul Simon’s “The Sound of Silence” was written in 1963 in the aftermath of John F. Kennedy‘s assassination. Some of the moving lyrics include: “In restless dreams I walked alone, narrow streets of cobblestone.”

Paul’s performance of the classic song, as well as friends’ and family member’s eulogies were reportedly broadcasted to the many who had gathered outside at Vicki’s funeral to pay their respects. Many who attended the funeral wore green ribbons. Green was the color of Sandy Hook, as well as Vicki’s favorite color.

Following the funeral, one of Vicki’s sisters Carlee, tweeted ” Yes Vicki, there are flamingoes in heaven” (sic), along with a photo of her and Vicki.

Vicki’s Courageous Act

Her best friend and former college roommate, Rachel Schiavone spoke of Vicki’s love of her students. She said, “She loved them more than anything, they were supposed to do gingerbread on Friday.”

Vicki was a 27-year-old first grade teacher who courageously died protecting her students by hiding them in a closet on Friday.

Services for Other Victims

Today was the third day of funerals for victims of the Sandy Hook shooting. The first funerals held were for students Jack Pinto and Noah Pozner. Funerals for fellow students Charlotte Bacon, Daniel Barden, and Caroline Previdi were scheduled for today. Visiting hours for Sandy Hook principal Dawn Hochsprung and student Chase Kowalski, whose funerals and burials will be private, were also set for earlier today.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Vicki and her family, as well as the rest of the victims of Sandy Hook.

– Caitlin Miller

More Sandy Hook News:

  1. Revealed: Photo Of First Grade Class Massacred By Adam Lanza
  2. Adam Lanza Had Condition That Inhibited Physical Pain — Report
  3. Boyfriend Of Murdered Teacher Planned To Propose On Christmas Eve

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Posted at 10:44 AM on December 20, 2012  

It’s broadcast, not “broadcasted.”

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Teresa Yaeger

Posted at 7:01 AM on December 20, 2012  

I am asking you if you would consider leaving the shooter’s name out of your articles from here on please. And by all means please do not highlight it. We need to focus on those who were hurt at Sandy Hook Elementary that day. I know he had his issues, but for now, can we please not broadcast his name out of respect for loved ones who are suffering terribly? I thank you for taking the time to read my request.

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Posted at 8:59 PM on December 20, 2012  

Well said Teresa. I completely agree

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Posted at 11:16 PM on December 19, 2012  

My father is cousins with Victoria’s father. I would like to let them know my heart goes out to them! I may not have been close family however, if you need anything I am here. God Bless!

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