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Sandy Hook: Tributes to the Lost

Family, friends remember Anne Marie Murphy

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NEWTOWN, CT (WFSB) -

As we approach the one-year anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, where on Dec. 14, 2012, 20 children and six adults lost their lives, Eyewitness News will share a little about each person's life and how their families are honoring their legacies.

Anne Marie Murphy was a true teacher known for her big, tender heart.

Dylan Hockley, 6, had special needs and loved her so much that he kept her photograph on the refrigerator.

She died with her arms wrapped around him.

At her funeral, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, of New York, compared her to Jesus, saying like Him, Murphy laid down her life for her friends, and was an excellent teacher.

President Barack Obama recognized Murphy's heroism and greatness with the Presidential Citizens Medal, the nation's second highest civilian honor.

Her family, daughters Paige and Colleen Murphy, and husband Michael Murphy, accepted the award in her honor.

Today her legacy helping special needs children lives on, and donations in her honor can be made to Autism Speaks.

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