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Katonah native died protecting students at Sandy Hook

Anne Marie Murphy, who grew up in Katonah, fell victim to the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., on Friday while shielding students from the hail of gunfire, according to Newsday, which interviewed Ms. Murphy’s parents at their home in Katonah.

Ms. Murphy, 52, worked at Sandy Hook Elementary School and, according to Newsday, “shielded the bodies of students” during the shooting that resulted in the deaths of 20 children and six adults. “Her body was found in a classroom… covering a group of children who died in the tragic shooting.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, Ms. Murphy was a 1978 graduate of John F. Kennedy Catholic High School in Somers. A mother of four, she taught art and special education as an aide at Sandy Hook.

There will be a funeral for Ms. Murphy at St. Mary of Assumption Church in Katonah on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 10 a.m., according to The Journal News. Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at Clark’s Funeral Home in Katonah.

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