School psychologist Mary Sherlach, 56, was in a meeting when the sound of gunfire broke out. Together with school prinicipal Dawn Hochsprung she rushed from the room to confront the shooter but was apparently shot at point blank range.
Former school superintendent John Reed told the Connecticut Post that Mrs Sherlach was warm and cared deeply for her students.
'If there ever was a person, by qualifications and personality, to work with children, to be a school psychologist, it was Mary,' he said.
She had two adult daughters.
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