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.

Paul Simon Honors Sandy Hook Teacher Victoria Soto at Her Funeral - Spinner.