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Carlee Soto on her sister, who died at Sandy Hook: “I picked out my own sister’s casket, I picked out what my sister will be buried in”

On a day which saw a pair of U.S. senators from opposite sides of the aisle join forces in the spirit of forming a bipartisan deal to curtain gun violence, this evening “Piers Morgan Live” welcomed Carlee Soto for a heartbreaking, honest interview.

Carlee Soto’s older sister Victoria perished as part of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 and speaking live, surrounded by a studio audience, the late teacher’s younger sibling described her personal experience in vivid detail:

“I’m 20 years old. My sister was 27 years old. I picked out my own sister’s casket, I picked out what my sister will be buried in. I had to do that. No one should ever have to do that,” said Soto, as tears welled in her eyes.

As politicians and activists alike descend upon Washington, D.C. Thursday, the topic of background checks for gun purchases will be heavily, and emotionally debated. Soto surmised that had anyone been in her position, such a question would be significantly less complicated:

“I stood at the barrier leading up to Sandy Hook, and for hours, just watching military personnel and police officers with these huge guns. And then finding out that he had one of these,” Soto told Piers Morgan. “I didn’t know that there was a difference, and the bullet hole that it would leave. I thought it was just a normal bullet hole, until I saw my sister’s clothing that she wore. I saw the baseball-sized holes that were in my sister’s clothes. They were huge. It was unbelievable to imagine that a normal person could just have this gun.”

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Soto reveals the emotions she felt when meeting some of the Sandy Hook students her sister helped save before she was murdered.

Courtesy of CNN
April 10, 2013

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