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President Barack Obama speaks at an interfaith vigil for the shooting victims from Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 16, 2012 at Newtown High School in Newtown, Conn.
The daughter of Sandy Hook Elementary Principal Dawn Hochsprung tweeted a photo of President Obama holding her child — and said her mother would have been proud.
“My mom would be SO proud to see President Obama holding her granddaughter. But not as proud as I am of her,” Cristina Hassinger tweeted on Sunday. The photo had been shared over 2,700 times by late Monday morning.
Hochsprung died on Friday morning when authorities said heavily armed Adam Lanza forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School and killed 20 children and six adults in a shooting rampage before killing himself as police closed in.
Upon hearing gunfire at the school during Friday morning’s shooting, Hochsprung, 47, along with the school’s psychologist, Mary Sherlach, reportedly ran toward the barrage of bullets to protect students.
"She's a hero today," Gerald Stomski, First Selectman of Woodbury, Conn., who knew Hochsprung, said over the weekend "Today."
Speaking at an interfaith vigil on Sunday at Newtown High School, President Obama vowed to use "whatever power this office holds" to protect the nation's children.
"Caring for our children, it's our first job," Obama said. "If we don't get that right, we don't get anything right."
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