Mary Sherlach, psychologist who tried to stop gunman in Sandy Hook school, has family in Colorado

DENVER - The brave school psychologist who tried to stop the gunman inside Sandy Hook School has family in Colorado.

The family sent 7NEWS the photo of Mary Sherlach seen on the left side of this page. In it, she is posed between her two sisters at her daughter's wedding this past summer. She also has a brother living in Colorado and a twin brother in Florida.

According to the school superintendent, Sherlach was one of the first victims of the shooting spree inside the Newtown, Connecticut school.

"I want to take this time to talk about the incredible acts of heroism that transpired yesterday that ultimately saved so many lives even though tragically so many lives were lost," Newtown Public Schools superintendent Janet Robinson said Saturday. "The principal of the school was running toward the shooter in order to protect her students, as was the school psychologist."

7NEWS spoke with Sherlach's local family members by phone Saturday night. At least a dozen of them reside in the Denver metro area and are trying to get to Connecticut before Thursday, when services for Sherlach are scheduled.

We've reached out to local airline representatives who are now working with the family to arrange transportation.

Sherlach's family declined further interview, requesting their privacy be respected in their time of mourning.

At 56-years-old, Sherlach was the oldest of the six adult victims in the school. The twenty children who were killed, eight boys and twelve girls, were each 6 or 7-years-old.

According to ABC News, the shooter was armed with at least 2 handguns and a semi-automatic rifle. The network is identifying the shooter as Adam Lanza, 20, but Connecticut State Police have not officially confirmed that identification.

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