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Victoria Soto died after gunfire erupted in her first-grade classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Her siblings and cousins remember the teacher who loved the color green, Christmas and, most of all, her students.

Slain hero teacher’s family: ‘She loved those students more than anything’

Teacher Vicki Soto, 27, died a hero on Friday when she was killed protecting her class of first-graders from alleged school shooter Adam Lanza, 20.

Her family spoke out on Sunday, telling TODAY’s Erica Hill about Soto’s dedication to the children at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newton, Conn.

“She didn’t call them her students,” sister Carlee Soto, 20, told TODAY. “She called them her kids.”

James Wiltsie, Soto’s cousin and a Fairfield County police officer, said the family was told that Soto died trying to save the lives of her students. “She was found protecting her kids,” he said, “Doing instinctively what she knew to do.”

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