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  • FILE - This undated file photo provided to The Associated Press by Eastern Connecticut University shows Sandy Hook Elementary School teacher Victoria Soto. Soto, 27, was killed on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, when a gunman walked into the school in Newtown, Conn., and opened fire, killing 26 people, including 20 children. Stratford, Conn., Mayor John Harkins is proposing to name a school for Soto. Soto was a Stratford resident. Construction is set to begin on the new school this summer. (AP Photo/Eastern Connecticut University, File)

Monday, January 14, 2013 11:30 pm

Town renames Conn. school for slain teacher

The Associated Press

Officials of a town near Newtown, Conn., are renaming a local school for a resident killed in the massacre there and hailed as a hero.

HoneySpot Elementary School in Stratford will be named after 27-year-old Victoria Soto who died trying to shield her students from the gunman inside Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Shooter Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six educators at the school on Dec. 14 before committing suicide. He also killed his mother at their Newtown home.

Mayor John Harkins made the recommendation which was approved Monday night, exactly one month after the shootings.

The mayor also is hoping to build a memorial to Soto, and a petition has been started to rename a local street after her.

Soto graduated from Stratford High School in 2003.