Patch Writer's Mother-In-Law Killed in CT School Shootings

Mary Sherlach, the mother-in-law of Patch writer Eric Schwartz, was among 27 people killed in one of the deadliest school shootings in American history.

The deadly shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown claimed the life of a Patch writer's family member. 

Mary Sherlach, the school's psychologist, was among 26 people, including 20 children, who died when a gunman opened fire at the school Friday morning. The gunman, identified as 20-year-old Adam Lanza, also died in the rampage. 

Sherlach was the mother-in-law of Deptford, NJ resident Eric Schwartz, a longtime Patch freelancer who covers high-school sports in South Jersey. 

Sherlach, 56, lived in Trumbull, Conn.

Schwartz and his wife, Maura, arrived in Connecticut on Friday evening to be with their family. They could not be reached for comment. 

In the shooting spree, Lanza also reportedly killed his mother, who was a teacher at the school, and Sandy Hook's principal, Dawn Hochsprung. 

Jim Ravis December 15, 2012 at 04:44 AM
My neighbor turned off his Christmas Light display tonight, lit a single star, and displayed the following message: In memory of the Students and Faculty whose lives were taken today in Newtown" See for yourself... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CIINkhns2s God Bless.
Jason Bagley December 15, 2012 at 06:11 AM
Thanks for sharing Jim. I actually just posted an article with the embedded YouTube video: http://stratford.patch.com/articles/stratford-house-memorializes-newtown-shooting-victims#youtube_video-12592994 Can you tell me what road the house is on? Best, -Jason
earle rylander December 15, 2012 at 08:39 AM
Are hearts and prays go out to Eric and his family. All the families involved in this senseless act. Mrs. Sherlach seemed to be a true leader and a kind gentle person. By activating the P.A. system alot lives were saved. She will be greatly missed. You could tell she loved her job and all the students and staff.
socrates December 16, 2012 at 03:40 PM


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