Newtown teacher laid to rest in Katonah

Hundreds come out to pay their respects to Ann Marie Murphy (12/20/12)

KATONAH - It was an emotional morning in one Westchester community as people said a final farewell to a hero teacher, killed in the Newtown, Conn. school shooting.

Ann Marie Murphy, a Katonah native, was one of six adults and 20 children gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School nearly a week ago.

Several hundred mourners stood outside the Clark Associates Funeral Home in Katonah last night, forming a line that stretched down Woods Bridge Road. The 52-year-old lived in Sandy Hook, Conn. for the past 14 years.

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Murphy was found inside the school cradling the body of her special needs student, 6-year-old Dylan Hockley, in an effort to shield his body from a barrage of bullets. Dylan also was killed.

Dylan's parents spoke to the Danbury News Times saying, "We take great comfort in knowing that Dylan was not alone when he died."

Murphy is one of six siblings. She leaves behind a husband and four children.

A funeral Mass was held today at  St. Mary of the Assumption in Katonah.

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