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Thousands Sign Petition To Have Street Renamed For Hero Newtown Teacher

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Victoria Soto (credit: CBS 2)

Victoria Soto (credit: CBS 2)

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STRATFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) - More than 3,000 petitioners are asking Stratford to rename a street to honor a teacher who was among six educators and 20 children who were fatally shot in a Newtown grade school rampage.

The Connecticut Post reports that a petition on Change.org and linked to Facebook asks the Stratford Town Council to change North Parade to Victoria Soto Way. Stratford was the 27-year-old teacher’s hometown.

As of the posting of this story, the petition had been signed by 3,384 supporters.

LINK: Sign The Petition

Chris Barbee, a graduate of Stratford High School where Soto graduated, said backers of a renamed street want to make sure Soto will never be forgotten.

Mayor John Harkins did not comment to the newspaper, citing respect for the family.

Members of Soto’s high school class of 2003 have started a scholarship fund in her name. They also are composing a book, called “Letters to Vicki.”

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