SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The father of a victim of the Sandy Hook mass shooting paid tribute to his late daughter Friday in Surfside Beach.
Carlos Soto’s daughter Vicki Soto was a 27-year-old first-grade teacher when she died during the shooting.
She saved 17 of her students by having them hide in a closet in her classroom. She also pushed one of her students out of the way to save her life. She lost hers in the process.
Carlos used to vacation with his family to Surfside Beach frequently.
Friday, he brought a wreath with flowers to the beach and dropped it into the ocean as a way to honor his daughter six years to the day after her death.
“I threw the wreath out there because I know that she’s looking down at us enjoying it, saying, ‘Wow, my dad came all the way from Connecticut remembering when we were small when we used to come over here and have fun,’” Carlos Soto said.
Carlos made it clear Friday was not a sad day for him. He has a positive attitude.
He says he knows his daughter is watching over him every day, and he takes comfort knowing that.
Carlos says plenty has been done to honor Vicki over the years. The Vicki Soto School was created in Connecticut following her death. A playground was also built in her honor.