As with most tragedies, there are always heroes. The shooting that took place yesterday is no different. In the midst of horror, death and destruction, there emerges people who think of others rather than their own safety. Those stories are emerging and many are incredible tales of bravery.

Take for instance 27-year-old teacher Victoria Soto. She had been teaching at the school for only five years. When the alleged gunman Adam Lanza began shooting, Soto took her kids and hid them in the closet. Upon entering the room, Lanza demanded to know where the children were and Soto told him they were in the gym. He then murdered her on the spot. Not one of the children she died protecting was harmed.

Ms. Soto’s cousin, Jim Wiltsie, said: “She put herself between the gunman and the children and that’s when she was tragically shot and killed.

“I’m just proud that Vicki had the instincts to protect her kids from harm. It brings peace to know that Vicki was doing what she loved, protecting the children and in our eyes she’s a hero,” he added.