NEWTOWN, CT (AP) - Anne Marie was born on July 25, 1960. She died on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut.
A happy soul. A good mother, wife and daughter. Artistic, fun-loving, witty and hardworking.
According to New York Newsday, "the 52-year-old special-education teacher was found dead with Dylan Hockley's body in her arms in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting rampage Dec. 14."
Dylan's parents said that knowing their son, who was in Murphy's special education class where she was a teacher's aide, was not alone when he died brings comfort to them.
Remembering their daughter, Anne Marie Murphy, her parents had no shortage of adjectives to offer Newsday. When news of the shooting broke, Hugh and Alice McGowan waited for word of their daughter as hours ticked by. And then it came.
Authorities told the couple their daughter was a hero who helped shield some of her students from the rain of bullets. As the grim news arrived, the victim's mother reached for her rosary.
"You don't expect your daughter to be murdered," her father told the newspaper. "It happens on TV. It happens elsewhere."
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