Paul Simon has performed at the funeral of Victoria Soto, who was killed during last week’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.
Simon was a family friend of the late 27-year-old school teacher, and played her favourite song, ‘The Sound of Silence’, at the service at Lordship Community Church in Stratford yesterday (December 19).
NY Daily News reports that when Simon finished playing the Simon and Garfunkel song from 1966 on acoustic guitar, there was no applause but instead a ‘hushed silence’.
Soto was killed by gunman Adam Lanza when shielding children from gunfire.
Simon is said to know the Soto family through his sister-in-law, who is a nurse. Simon received no introduction when he sang at the funeral.
Soto’s sister Jillian spoke to the mourners during the service, saying: “Somebody wrote me a letter about the recent tragedy that I would like to share with you: In it, it said they had to sit down with three small children, explaining to them that monsters sadly do exist out there. But they felt relief that because of my sister, they were able to tell them that superheroes also are very real.”