Before the full extent of the horror of the Sandy Hook massacre was known, reports of a little girl, fleeing the school with a bloody face but otherwise uninjured, were the first indication something awful had happened inside.
According to pastor Jim Solomon, who spoke with the girl and her family for grief counselling, she is the sole survivor of her class because she pretended to be dead while laying among her slain classmates.
Solomon said she lay still on the floor until she felt it was safe to run away.
"She ran out of the school building covered from head to toe with blood and the first thing she said to her mom was, 'Mommy, I'm OK but all my friends are dead'," Solomon told ABC News.
Adam Lanza, 20, allegedly shot and killed 26 people--20 of them first grade children--in Sandy Hook Elementary School after first murdering his mother, Nancy Lanza.
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One little girl, a Sandy Hook first grader, became the sole survivor of her class when she played dead, lying among her classmates as Adam Lanza shot and killed the rest.
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Massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary
A bunch of white balloons cover the sign for the Sandy Hook Elementary School while Police officers block the road leading to the school in Sandy Hook, Connecticut on December 15, 2012. A gunman opened fire inside Sandy Hook Elementary School early Friday morning leaving at least 28 people dead including 20 children. The suspect 20-year-old Adam Lanza, reportedly killed himself following the shooting rampage inside the school. UPI/Matthew HealeyMourners react after the funeral 6-year-old James Mattioli at Saint Rose of Lima Church in Newtown, Connecticut following a shooting four days before that left 26 people dead including 20 children on December 18, 2012. A gunman opened fire inside Sandy Hook Elementary School early Friday morning. The gunman 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed himself following the shooting rampage inside the school. UPI/John Angelillo
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