Hochsprung, 47, was one of six adults killed in the mass shooting in which 20 children also died.
Lafferty read one of the several "just because" letters her mother wrote to her on air on TODAY
. According to Lafferty, her mother would often write "just because" letters to her daughters just to tell them how much she loved them.
The particular letter Lafferty read on TODAY
was written just after she (Lafferty) moved out of the house for the first time and was having a difficult time. According to Today.com
, the letter reads:
“My dearest Erica, you are and forever will be my sweet baby girl. You possess a piece of my heart and soul, and I will never be complete without you. Remember this in your darkest times...you are never alone. Your Mom. Be safe, be well, be happy. No one deserves it more!’’
Hochsprung, 47, was a mother and stepmother to five children, Today
reports. Her daughter Erica Lafferty, 27, told TODAY
: “To say she was a wonderful person is the understatement of the century. She put her life into making everyone else’s life so much better. Her smiles lit up every building she walked into. She made an impact on everyone that she’s ever come across — every adult, every child. Especially the kids, the light of her life.’’
Hochsprung became Sandy Hook’s principal in 2010. She is being hailed a hero for confronting the shooter at the first sound of gunshots. She ran into the hallway when Adam Lanza broke into the school. Naturally, Lafferty has mixed feelings about her mother's decision to run into danger. She said: “I had a really hard time not being mad about it, but that’s who she was. She faced every single problem that she ever had in her life head on. My cousin referred to her as a bull yesterday. There’s no stopping Dawn when she has a mission. She gets it done, and she gives it everything she has.’’
also reports that before he spoke at the interfaith vigil for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn., President Obama met with the families of the victims.
One of Dawn Hochsprung's daughters tweeted a photo of Obama holding her baby daughter.
My mom would be SO proud to see President Obama holding her granddaughter. But not as proud as I am of her.