Paul Simon Performs At Sandy Hook Teacher Victoria Soto’s Funeral
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The often outspoken political activist, singer, songwriter Paul Simon paid tribute to the heroic deeds of Sandy Hook teacher Victoria Soto at her funeral on Wednesday. The 27-year old Soto died protecting her first grade class from the gunman who ravaged the Sandy Hook School last week – by making sure they got into a closet before stepping in front of the gun that took her life.
Paul Simon knows the Soto family through his sister-in-law.
Mid-way through the funeral service, Simon approached the front of the church – without introduction – and performed his classic song “The Sounds Of Silence” to an emotionally-quiet church. Afterwards, he took his seat without applause as the service continued.
The song has become a touch-stone of sorts at some of this nations’ defining memorials; Simon performed the song at the 10-year anniversary memorial of 9/11 – a video of which can be found here.