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Sat Dec 15, 2012, 07:57 PM

Woman in iconic photo is sister of slain teacher (Victoria Soto)

The unknown woman expressing heartbreaking anguish is the sister of dead teacher.





Scores of people gathered in the slain teacher's hometown of Stratford, Conn., Saturday night for an emotional vigil.

The iconic Associated Press photo was taken Friday, as relatives descended on the school to find out about their loved ones. It has appeared on countless front pages and websites.

She is Jillian Soto, the sister of Victoria Soto, the first-grade teacher who has been hailed as a hero for coming between her first-grade students and the shooter by shepherding them into a closet. Victoria Soto, 27, was killed.


http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/12/15/sister-of-dead-teacher-in-photo/1772011/

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Reply Woman in iconic photo is sister of slain teacher (Victoria Soto) (Original post)
boston bean Dec 2012 OP
Justitia Dec 2012 #1
NYC_SKP Dec 2012 #2
littlemissmartypants Dec 2012 #18
bmbmd Dec 2012 #26
Agony Dec 2012 #33
teddy51 Dec 2012 #3
LineReply .
myrna minx Dec 2012 #4
Cooley Hurd Dec 2012 #5
SoCalDem Dec 2012 #6
JoDog Dec 2012 #16
awoke_in_2003 Dec 2012 #24
roguevalley Dec 2012 #28
whistler162 Dec 2012 #35
Le Taz Hot Dec 2012 #31
justiceischeap Dec 2012 #34
malaise Dec 2012 #7
Cha Dec 2012 #8
Cerridwen Dec 2012 #9
medeak Dec 2012 #10
Deep13 Dec 2012 #11
Ruby the Liberal Dec 2012 #12
ProudToBeBlueInRhody Dec 2012 #14
JoDog Dec 2012 #13
ProudToBeBlueInRhody Dec 2012 #15
adigal Dec 2012 #17
Sissyk Dec 2012 #19
Sky Masterson Dec 2012 #20
Odin2005 Dec 2012 #21
xtraxritical Dec 2012 #22
Odin2005 Dec 2012 #25
reformist2 Dec 2012 #27
question everything Dec 2012 #37
geckosfeet Dec 2012 #23
FourScore Dec 2012 #29
Raksha Dec 2012 #30
Quantess Dec 2012 #32
marions ghost Dec 2012 #36

Response to boston bean (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 07:58 PM

1. OMG - terrible news. That pic has ripped my heart out since I first saw it. -eom

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 07:59 PM

2. The MSM makes it easy to distribute these pics. How many are there exposing 18 daily suicides?

Veterans commit suicide, successfully, at the rate of 18 per day.

18 successful suicides per day by US veterans.

No pictures.

18 successful suicides per day by US veterans.

No pictures.

18 successful suicides per day by US veterans.

No pictures.

18 successful suicides per day by US veterans.

No pictures.

18 successful suicides per day by US veterans.

No pictures.

18 successful suicides per day by US veterans.

No pictures.

18 successful suicides per day by US veterans.

No pictures.

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 10:02 PM

18. Roger that. n/t

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 11:27 PM

26. Thanks for reminding us.

Now let us mourn them all together.

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 08:27 AM

33. ...

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 08:00 PM

3. That is so heart breaking, words just escape one. If that doesn't bring tears to your

 

eyes, nothing will. That teacher was such a hero, may she rest in peace.

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 08:01 PM

4. .

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 08:04 PM

5. When I first saw this photo, I thought she looked a bit young to be a parent...

Now, it makes sense.

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 08:10 PM

6. Peeping Tom AP will make lots of money on that pic.

The unsuspecting woman will be frozen in time...in the second her soul was laid-bare..

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Response to SoCalDem (Reply #6)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 10:00 PM

16. I understand why you think that way, but

humans are very visual creatures. Images get through to us when words cannot. Perhaps seeing the anguish on this woman's face will help wake people up to the need for better gun laws in most of the states, not to mention the need for radical reform of how mental health issues are handled.

I live in hope.

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Response to JoDog (Reply #16)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 10:55 PM

24. Very true, case in point...

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Response to JoDog (Reply #16)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 02:47 AM

28. her photo helps nail the coffin shut on gun nuttery.

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Response to roguevalley (Reply #28)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 08:32 AM

35. Npw if we could figure ouit away to nail the coffin

shut on the anti-gun nuttery we might actually get something achieved!

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Response to JoDog (Reply #16)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 05:40 AM

31. I agree there.

I've yet to figure out how to post pictures on DU but I remember the impact of the pictures from the Civil Rights Movement of the early and mid sixties wherein the police let loose the dogs on the protestors. There was footage of protesters being beaten and crushed with water coming from a hose connected to fire hydrants. I'm convinced it was what turned the tide in this country from a vague understand of something that was largely perceived to be a regional problem to one that concerned the entire nation.

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Response to JoDog (Reply #16)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 08:31 AM

34. Photographer's are probably the last honest journalists

you'll find out there (the good one's anyway). Pictures don't lie and covering events like mass shooters, war, etc. are hard on the photographer as well--look up Kevin Carter (he took the iconic photo of the starving girl and vulture in the background).

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 08:13 PM

7. How sad

Losing your sister is hard any time of the year, but one week before Christmas is way too much pain.

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 08:35 PM

8. It's so hard..

.. bless their hearts

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 08:36 PM

9. . n/t

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 08:39 PM

10. so now know who CNN was focusing on in her sister's vigil today

same beautiful girl.

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 09:39 PM

11. Victoria Soto.

I'll remember that name as an American Hero. I've already forgotten the killer.

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 09:45 PM

12. I had a weird feeling when I first saw that photo

something just jumped at me - the feeling that she was snapped at the moment she was being told that her child was killed.

Too 'snuff' for me, iconic or not, but maybe making this information public will wake people the fuck up about the need for gun regulation in this country.

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 09:57 PM

13. When I saw a photo of Vicki Soto

today I remembered this shot and thought there was a strong resemblance. I hoped I was wrong and she found her sister.

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Response to JoDog (Reply #13)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 10:00 PM

15. Yup

Me too.

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 10:01 PM

17. I was confused as to if she knew anything when this photo was taken?

It was early in the incident, and there was such chaos. This poor girl.

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 10:04 PM

19. OMG!!

The heartbreak does not stop.

I do not know whether to thank you, or kick you (j/k kinda0\)

Serious, this keeps getting sadder and sadder.

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 10:08 PM

20. I haven't dropped this many tears over an American tragedy since 9/11

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 10:21 PM

21. I find this MSM voyerism rather disgusting.

Let these people GRIEVE without flashing their faces on the public airwaves.

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Response to Odin2005 (Reply #21)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 10:40 PM

22. Yeah, they "interview" third graders. Assholes. Not a peep about NRA on MSM either.

 

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Response to xtraxritical (Reply #22)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 10:55 PM

25. Massacre porn.

It's unseemly and is insulting to the survivors and the victims' families. They have enough to deal with without being badgered by "journalists".

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Response to Odin2005 (Reply #25)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 11:29 PM

27. It is almost like a war photo - and has the same effect.

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Response to reformist2 (Reply #27)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 04:36 PM

37. Or the 9/11

Relatives of the people who died were upset every time the collapse of the towers, or even the hit by the second plane were shown. They showed the death of their loved ones.

And this is what Carlee Soto told a reporter: "It's like a reminder of that moment all over again," Soto, 20, told CBS 2's Chris Wragge in a TV interview. "It kills."

Unfortunately, for many people, to get the enormity of the event they cannot rely on descriptions, they have to witness the agony, the - while not a comparison - the tear at the corner of the President's eye.

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 10:52 PM

23. heartbreaking

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 03:17 AM

29. I was afraid of that.

My heart goes out to her, her family and all the families of those who lost loved ones.

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 05:03 AM

30. Omigod...I haven't seen this before.

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 08:25 AM

32. So tragic.

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 08:44 AM

36. This is the face of grief

in a tragedy that, it can be argued, was preventable. A mother provided weapons and weapons training to her disturbed son apparently. Preventable.

We need to see it. If you don't allow photos, it's all too easy to forget. Too easy not to feel the pain. Too easy to just go back to business as usual. And hide in denial. And wait for the next one.

This is the face of grief.

Remember this face, and act on what it represents--to honor her sister.

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