UPDATE: Friday afternoon,U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty said she was inviting Natalie Hammond, the lead teacher teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School who survived being shot on Dec. 14. See the story here.
U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro said Friday that Carlos Soto, whose sister, Vicki Soto, was killed in the Newton shootings on Dec. 14, will be her guest at President Obama’s State of the Union address next Tuesday.
Here’s her announcement:
WASHINGTON, DC—Carlos Soto, the brother of Vicki Soto, will attend the State of the Union address as a guest of Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), she announced today. Vicki Soto has been hailed as a hero for protecting the lives of her first graders in the Sandy Hook attack.
“Having Carlos at the State of the Union will be a powerful reminder that the victims of gun violence are not statistics. And they are not even just the people who are physically wounded by a bullet. They are parents, siblings, families, co-workers and friends. The Sotos and the other Sandy Hook families have shown tremendous courage by speaking out when they are still grieving. Upholding the legacy of them and their loved ones is an honor we must all try and live up to.”
Carlos, his sisters Jillian and Carlee, and parents Carlos and Donna, have established the Vicki Soto Memorial Scholarship Fund to help fund scholarships for students entering the education field. The family lives in the Third Congressional District, where Carlos attends Stratford High School.