Last class photo shows smiling faces at Sandy Hook

The last class photo  of Sandy Hook Elementary School students killed in Friday’s mass shooting in Newtown was shown on ABC’s Katie Couric show Tuesday morning.

The smiling, carefree and now familiar faces of the victims leap out of the photo. It is not clear when the photo was taken.

Fourteen of the 15 students in the picture were killed Friday morning in their first-grade classroom. Their substitute teacher, Lauren Rousseau, was also killed. She was substituting for their usual teacher, who was on maternity leave.

One girl, in the center of the photo, hasn’t been identified, but she is alive. A teacher, who is also not identified, is in the picture as well. According to a previous ABC News report, one student survived by playing dead, emerging, bloodied, from the school, telling her parents, she was OK, but “all my friends are dead.”

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The father of another victim, Emilie Parker,  said his daughter was home sick when the photo was taken, but was in that class according to the Daily Mail.

A total of 20 students and six school staff members were killed during the shooting at the school. The gunman killed himself after the massacre, and previously shot his mother while she slept in the Newtown home they shared.

Four students from a second first-grade classroom were also killed. There were four first-grade classrooms at the school.

The children in the photo, top row from left: Catherine Hubbard, Ana Marquez-Greene, James Mattioli, Grace McDonnell, Josephine Gay; Middle row from left: Noah Pozner, Jack Pinto, unidentified, Chase Kowalski, Madeleine Hsu; Bottom row, from left: Jessica Rekos, Daniel Barden, Charlotte Bacon, Benjamin Wheeler and Caroline Previdi.

Tom Cleary