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Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, principal at Sandy Hook Elementary School, was killed in Friday's shooting massacre in Newtown, Conn.(Photo: Eliza Hallabeck)

Dawn Hochsprung was gunned down in Friday's massacre in Newtown. Board of Education chairwoman Debbie Liedlien says administrators were coming out of a meeting when the gunman forced his way into the school and ran toward them.

Jeff Capeci is chairman of the town's Legislative Council. Asked whether Hochsprung is a hero, he says, "From what we know, it's hard to classify her as anything else."

Hochsprung had worked at the school for two years. Both Liedlien and Capeci say she immediately became a beloved figure. Liedlien says "it's so sad to lose somebody like her" and that residents are feeling "a deep sense of loss" over her death.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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