updated 12/14/2012 AT 6:00 PM ET
•originally published 12/14/2012 AT 7:30 PM ET
The principal of the Newtown, Conn., school died trying to protect the students she cared for every day. The gunman, identified as 20-year-old Adam Lanza, started his rampage in the school’s main office, where Hochsprung had reportedly come out of a meeting.
Hochsprung was killed in the shooting, the sound of which was reportedly broadcast over the school’s PA system.
“She was really nice and very fun, but she was also very much a tough lady in the right sort of sense,” Tom Prunty, a friend whose niece goes to Sandy Hook and was uninjured Friday, told CNN. “She was the kind of person you’d want to be educating your kids. And the kids loved her.”
In all, the death toll in the tragedy has been put at 28 total: 20 children, six adults – including Hochsprung – the gunman and the gunman’s mother at a secondary location.