My friend, Julya Billhymer, wrote an important blog about why we should remember the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting rather than memorializing the name of the murderer.

I couldn’t agree more.  2012 davino

I’ve chosen Rachel D’Avino.  Rachel was only 29 years old and she had just begun her job as a teacher’s aide at Sandy Hook Elementary one week before the shooting.  She worked with special needs children and she was planning to take the certification exam this week.  Her boyfriend was planning to propose to her on Christmas Eve.  She had a whole new career and a whole new life ahead of her. 

Rachel, you were doing the work of the angels and now you are living among them.  God Bless You.

There were twenty seven victims.  Choose one to remember forever. Google them. See their faces. And never forget them.

Photos and names of Sandy Hook shooting victims.

Charlotte Bacon, 6 years old

Daniel Barden, 7 years old

Olivia Engel, 6 years old

Josephine Gay, 7 years old

Ana Marquez-Greene, 6 years old

Dylan Hockley, 6 years old

Madeleine F. Hsu, 6 years old

Catherine Hubbard, 6 years old

Chase Kowalski, 7 years old

Jesse Lewis, 6 years old

James Mattioli, 6 years old

Grace McDonnell, 7 years old

Emilie Parker, 6 years old

Jack Pinto, 6 years old

Noah Pozner, 6 years old

Caroline Previdi, 6 years old

Jessica Rekos, 6 years old

Avielle Richman, 6 years old

Benjamin Wheeler, 6 years old

Allison Wyatt, 6 years old

Rachel Marie D’Avino, 29 years old

Dawn Hochsprung, 47 years old

Nancy Lanza, 52 years old

Anne Marie Murphy, 52 years old

Lauren Rousseau, 30 years old

Mary Sherlach, 56 years old

Vicki Leigh Soto, 27 years old