It’s a moment mothers adore – watching their daughter walk down the aisle. And Dawn Hochsprung was no different, eagerly awaiting her daughter Erica Lafferty’s wedding ceremony on July 6.
But Dawn never got the chance to see that special moment, because she died in last year's tragic Sandy Hook school massacre in Newton, Connecticut. Dawn was the school’s principal and lost her life when the gunman opened fire in the school office.
According to Erica, her heroic mother saw the killer and yelled, “Shooter, stay back!” She then lunged to grab his weapon and was shot dead.
Tragically, Dawn had been tirelessly working to make the school safer for its pupils and had just installed a visual monitoring system and a protocol requiring visitors to wait outside until they could be signed in once the school doors locked at 9.30am.
But her efforts were no match for the gunman, who shot his way through the glass doors with a rifle.