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One Week Later – Heroes Remembered, Killer Forgotten

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It doesn’t feel like it’s been a week yet. Seven days since we learned of the murderous rampage committed against precious children in Newtown, Connecticut. I didn’t want to know the name of the killer then and I won’t remember him now. But, I am actively working to remember the names and stories of the teachers and students. Here are a couple that have inspired me personally.

Victoria Soto was a 27-year old teacher at Sandy Hook who managed to hide some of her students out of the killer’s line of sight. And, when he broke into her classroom, she shielded as many of them and took the bullets herself.

Then, there’s the story of Anne Marie Murphy, the 52-year old teacher who cradled a young boy in her special education class while bullets hit them both. Not only was she a favorite teacher, but also the mother of four kids herself.

“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”

The Victoria Soto’s and Anne Marie Murphy’s of the world are the names we need to remember.  These heroes are the living embodiment of John 15:13…”Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”

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