Hero teacher Victoria Soto was laid to rest as the chords of her favorite song “Sound of Silence” were played by Paul Simon in the church surrounded by the wounded community of Newtown, Connecticut, still reeling from the Sandy Hook Massacre.
The Daily News reports that Simon picked up his guitar midway through the service and, without introduction began playing the song. Simon is acquainted with the Soto family through his sister-in-law.
There was no applause after Simon finished the song, as the service moved on to Soto’s younger sister, Jillian, 24, who broke down as she said:
Somebody wrote me a letter about the recent tragedy that I would like to share with you: In it, it said they had to sit down with three small children, explaining to them that monsters sadly do exist out there. But they felt relief that because of my sister, they were able to tell them that superheroes also are very real. You are my superhero.
Her other sister Carlee added:
My sister gave her life to save her kids, and if that’s not true strength and heroism, I don’t know what is.”