Victims of Sandy Hook Shooting Settle $1.5 Million Lawsuits Against Estate of Shooter's Mother

Nearly three years after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the families of 16 victims have settled a lawsuit against the Nancy Lanza Estate.

Those families will receive just under $94,000 each to settle lawsuits against the shooter’s mother, Nancy Lanza, according to the Hartford Courant.

Slain Sandy Hook Principal's Honorary Doctorate Degree 'Speaks Volumes to My Mom's Character,' Says Daughter

Sandy Hook Elementary School principal Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, who was killed in the Dec. 14, 2012, mass school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, was awarded an honorary degree posthumously over the weekend.

Hochsprung – who was pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership at Sage Colleges in Troy, New York, at the time she was killed – was given her degree at the college’s 98th commencement ceremony.

See Snoop Dogg in an Anti-Gun Violence Ad

Snoop Dogg’s changing his tune.

The artist, who built a career rapping about shooting people (remember “Serial Killa”?) is the face of a new anti-gun violence PSA.

Newtown Votes to Demolish the Home of Sandy Hook Shooter Adam Lanza

The yellow colonial home where Sandy Hook killer Adam Lanza lived with his mother will be razed.

Officials in Newtown, Connecticut, voted unanimously on Wednesday to tear down the house where Lanza killed his mother Nancy, CNN reports.

Heartbreak & Healing: Man Remembers Girlfriend He Lost in Newtown School Shooting

Exactly two years have passed since Tony Lusardi’s girlfriend, Lauren Rousseau, died in the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting.

He still thinks about her every day.

“I miss her a lot,” Lusardi, 32, tells PEOPLE. “I think about her all the time.”

Ordinary People, Incredible Resilience: See PEOPLE's Top Stories of the Week

An unspeakable tragedy, then a new beginning. A heartbreaking farewell, then a dramatic rescue. A mysterious disappearance, then a vow never to give up searching.

The resilience of the human spirit in the face of the ultimate adversity was a theme of a number of remarkable stories on this week – a grateful reminder, in this Thanksgiving week, of the promise of renewal even in times of desperation.

Blogger Who Wrote 'I Am Adam Lanza's Mother' Opens Up About Life with Violent Son

Liza Long used to spend hours using Photoshop to merge various pictures of her four children into one ideal image.

“Every picture had to be perfect,” says Long, 42. “I wanted to create a reality that never existed.”

In reality, the picture was far from perfect.

Her second eldest son, Michael (not his real name), 14, suffered from severe bipolar disorder and was uncontrollably violent, his rages so severe and unpredictable that she was afraid he would kill himself and her.

Sandy Hook Hero Teacher Helps Classrooms Nationwide While Teaching Kids Kindness

First grade teacher Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis knew she had to act fast the moment she heard gunfire outside her classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School In Newtown, Connecticut, in December of 2012. In a matter of seconds, she closed the door, turned off the lights and packed 15 first graders into the tiny bathroom in their classroom.

“I knew it was our only chance,” she says.

Sandy Hook Killer Adam Lanza Would Have 'Killed Me in a Heartbeat,' Says His Father

In his most extensive comments about the 2012 Connecticut school massacre, the father of gunman Adam Lanza describes his struggle to comprehend what his son did – an act that “couldn’t get any more evil” – and how he now wishes that his son had never been born.

Sandy Hook Elementary Will Be Torn Down

Newtown voters have accepted a $50 million grant from the state of Connecticut to build a new Sandy Hook Elementary School, the site of last year’s school massacre.

The unofficial results Saturday were 4,504 for the grant offer and 558 against. The vote was essentially a formality since a task force of Newtown officials decided in May in favor of a plan to tear down the school and build a new one. Sandy Hook students have been attending classes at a school in neighboring Monroe.