It's been 5 years since the Sandy Hook shooting -- here are the names and pictures of the 27 victims, including 20 children, who were murdered that day

On December 12, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and shot 26 people, including 20 children, after also killing his mother in their home.

News of the massacre reverberated across the country, and elicited a tearful reaction from then-President Barack Obama, who described it as the worst day of his presidency.

Sen. Chris Murphy, who had previously been a representative for the district that included Newtown, was among those present when the families of the victims learned about the fates of their loved ones.

“Obviously, five years is a milestone, and I think it’s important that there’s some event in the community to remember what happened and to celebrate the lives we lost, but also the lives that have continued,” he said on Wednesday ahead of an anniversary gathering with families of the fallen.

In the five years that have passed since that day, many of the parents and families launched foundations in their kid’s names to help other children.

Here are all 27 people killed in the deadliest school shooting in US history:


Jessica Rekos, 6, told her mum, Krista Rekos, that morning before she got on the bus how excited she was to sell Girl Scout cookies that January. “She sat in the front seat, looked at me through the window, and smiled and waved as the bus pulled up the hill,” Krista wrote. “That was the last time I saw Jessica alive.”

Source: Jessica Rekos Foundation


Olivia Engel, 6, was an outgoing girl with “a great sense of humour.” She also had a brother who was 3 years old at the time.

Source: Wall Street Journal


Avielle Richman, 6, “was rarely without a giant grin and often barefoot.” Her family founded the Avielle Foundation “to fund research exploring the underpinnings of the brain that lead to violent behaviours.”

Source: Avielle Foundation


Jesse Lewis, 6, was “just a happy boy” who was supposed to make gingerbread houses with his family Friday afternoon after school.

Source: The New York Post


Grace Audrey McDonnell, 7, was also killed in the massacre. Her family called her “the love and light of our family.”

Source: ABC News


Noah Pozner, 6, had a twin sister. The pair celebrated their sixth birthday on Nov. 20. Noah’s sister survived the attack.

Source: ABC News


Ana Marquez-Greene, 6, had just moved with her family to Sandy Hook a few months before the shooting. Her 9-year-old brother was also at the school during the incident but escaped.

Source: Wall Street Journal


Emilie Parker, 6, was the oldest of three sisters. Before she died she was teaching her younger sister how to read, Emilie’s father told the Journal.

Source: Wall Street Journal


Charlotte Bacon, 6, practiced Tae Kwon Do and was an avid animal lover. Her family says her self-expression revolved around the colour pink.

Source: The Charlotte Helen Bacon Foundation


Catherine Hubbard, 6, was a first-grader at Sandy Hook.

Source: Wall Street Journal


Josephine Gay, 7, celebrated her birthday just three days before she was killed. Her parents have set up a fundraising campaign called “Joey’s Fund” to help other families who have kids with autism.

Source: New York Daily News


Daniel Barden, 7, was “an old soul.” His family founded a foundation in his name to encourage others to do little acts of kindness.

Source: The Danbury News-Times,What Would Daniel Do? foundation


James Mattioli, 6


Caroline Previdi, 6. Her family founded a foundation in her name to give kids scholarships to support their passions. “When talking about our family, or herself,” they wrote, “she would tell people, ‘We are not lucky. We are blessed!”

Source: Caroline Previdi Foundation


Allison Wyatt, 6, wanted to be an artist, and rows of pictures filled her house. Her parents wrote that they found picture Allie had drawn for her first grade teacher, Miss Soto. It read: “I love you, Love Allie”.


Victoria Soto, 27, died while trying to protect her students. Soto put her students in a closet and “by doing that put herself between the gunman and the children,” Soto’s cousin told ABC News.

Source: ABC News


Lauren Rousseau, 30, was a full-time substitute teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary.

Source: Wall Street Journal


Dawn Hochsprung, 47, was the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary. She was “always enthusiastic, always smiling, always game to do anything,” former PTA secretary Kristin Larson told the Boston Globe.

Source: Boston Globe


Mary Sherlach, 56, was the school psychologist. She was only one year away from retirement, after which she and her husband planned to spend time in their cabin along upstate New York’s Finger Lakes, according to Newtown Patch.

Source: Patch


Rachel Davino, 29, barricaded the classroom to try and keep the gunman from getting to the children. Her boyfriend had asker her parents’ permission to marry her days before the shooting. He was planning to pop the question on Christmas Eve.

Sources: Legacy, Rachel Marie D’Avino memorial site


Anne Marie Murphy, 52, was a para professional at the school who worked with a boy with special needs named Dylan Hockley. Her body was found covering a group of children, and she died with Dylan in her arms.

Source: Danbury News-Times


Nancy Lanza, 52, the gunman’s mother

Family of Nancy Lanza

The remaining victims do not have photos available, and are listed here along with their ages.

Dylan Hockley, 6

Madeleine Hsu, 6

Chase Kowalski, 7

Jack Pinto, 6

Benjamin Wheeler, 6

Abby Rogers contributed to an earlier version of this post.

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