The Wanted Nathan Sykes reaches out to Sandy Hook teacher's sister
NATHAN Sykes, singer in boy band The Wanted, has reached out to the sister of a teacher killed in the Sandy Hook tragedy.
The 19-year-old former Ribston Hall pupil has tweeted Carlee Soto, sister of Vicki Soto, 27, who was killed trying to shield her students as gunman Adam Lanza killed 27 people, including 20 children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, two weeks ago.
Carlee, a huge fan of The Wanted, celebrated her 20th birthday on Sunday and tweeted herself a happy birthday message to which Nathan replied.
He said: "Sending all my love to @ICarlee23 for your birthday! You, Vicki and your family are such an inspiration. Hope you have a lovely day :) xx."
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She could not hide her delight at receiving the tweet and replied: "@Nathan- TheWanted thank you sooooo much. It means so much to get a tweet from you. I don't need any more gifts cause that made my day."
Nathan, who grew up in Gloucester, then made her birthday extra special.
He said: "@ICarlee23 Next time we are in NYC I have arranged for you to come and hang out with us if you are up for that? Would be lovely to see ya xx."
She said: "@NathanTheWanted I think I just died a little reading this tweet. I would love to meet you whenever your in NY. Thank you so much."
Her sister's funeral was held on December 19 in Stratford, Connecticut.
Vicki is believed to have hid her pupils in her classroom closet before confronting Lanza, telling him the children were at the other end of the school.
Six children panicked and tried to escape, but the teacher put herself in the line of fire so she could save them. They were all shot multiple times.
After speaking online with Nathan, Carlee later tweeted: "This birthday may not be the same with out Vicki, but I know my big sissy is looking down at me smiling wishing me a happy birthday."