(12.21.2012) -- Paul Simon performed a song at the funeral for Victoria Soto, one of Newtown's heroic teachers who died while trying to protect her students from rifle fire during Friday's massacre. In a statement issued by Simon's publicist, the personal connection between Simon and the Soto family was explained:

Today, Paul Simon, at the request of their family friends, the Sotos, performed 'Sound of Silence' at the funeral for their beloved daughter Vicki Soto. The Sotos and Simons met through Vicki’s mother and Paul’s sister-in-law, both nurses.

Soto, a first grade teacher at the school is remembered for being passionate about the children she taught, and for reportedly saving some of their lives by hurrying them into a closet away from the shooter.