The world is still reeling from Friday's horrific massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. But as authorities slowly release more information as to what exactly happened on that terrible day, we are also learning of the incredible teachers that sacrificed their lives for the sake of their students.

The story of 27-year-old Latina Victoria Soto, a first-grader teacher at Sandy Hook, is one of the most heroic and heartwrenching to emerge from the tragedy. Soto reportedly hid  her students in a closet and acted as a shield between her kids and the shooter. She died following her instincts to bravely protect the students she so adored.

Her story has resonated with millions of people who have taken to social media to urge others to tell others of her incredibly selfless final act. Today, we're also paying tribute to her by adding her name to a list of amazing Latino heroes who have also touched our heart with their tales of courage:

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6 inspiring Latino heroes

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Susana Trimarco

After her then 23-year-old daughter was abducted and forced into sex slavery, 58-year-old Susana Trimarco took on the cause for herself. She has rescued hundreds of women from Argentine prostitution rings  and won numerous honors for her dedication to rescuing sex slaves and helping them start new lives. 

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Michelle Regalado is a Staff Writer at MamásLatinas. She loves reading, travel, pop culture, and writing about anything and everything.

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acrog...

They are all heroes in my book. 

She was amazing, brave, courage and have the power of god to protect those little children even that she lost her life, but in god hand she was the heroe of those kids that survive that day. She wil be remember for ever and she should be honor for what she did that date. you will be with god in heaven anothe angel. Love to the family.

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