December 14, 2015, marked the three-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. This is a day that will continue to live in infamy due to the death of the twenty-seven victims whose lives were cut short by gunman, Adam Lanza, in 2012. Twenty-six of these victims were killed in the elementary school and the twenty-seventh was the gunman’s mother Nancy Lanza, whom he shot and killed before heading to Sandy Hook. Twenty out of the twenty-seven killed that day were children at the young ages of only six or seven.
The day began as any normal Friday would. Parents sent their kids off to school as they would any other day, not knowing that it would be the last time that they would see their children. Shortly before 9:30 AM, the gunman shot and killed his mother at their house and then around 9:35 AM he open fired in the elementary school, killing various students and faculty members. The first gunshots heard over the intercom alerted students and teachers of the danger, and provided those who survived the massacre with some extra time to hide. Lanza continued to open fire throughout the school until he eventually stopped, and shot and killed himself.
Kennedy Catholic High School alum, Anne Marie Murphy, was among the faculty who died in the Sandy Hook massacre. She was found with her body covering some of the children as an attempt to shield them from the shooter. For her sacrifice and attempted protection of the children, she will always be remembered as a hero, especially in the Kennedy Catholic community.
The Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre was the deadliest mass shooting at a high school or elementary school, and the second deadliest shooting by a sole person in our nation’s history. As we acknowledge the third anniversary of this horrible day in 2012, we remember the heroic faculty, the innocent children and all affected by their deaths.