Published Thursday, 20 December 2012
Victoria Soto was one of the six staffmembers gunned down at Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary, where 20 children were also slain by suspected gunman Adam Lanza. The 20-year-old allegedly turned the weapon on himself.
Several of the youngsters have already been laid to rest and, on Wednesday, Ms Soto's friends and family gathered in the town of Stratford to remember her.
Simon was among the mourners at the Lordship Community Church, and he stepped up to perform The Sound of Silence, which was the 27-year-old teacher's favourite song.
The singer knows the Soto family through his sister-in-law, according to the New York Daily News.
Victoria Soto was hailed a heroine after the shootings, when it emerged she died as she attempted to shield her class from the gunman.