SPEAKER: Tyler Suarez

Tyler Suarez’s aunt, Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, was the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School on the morning of December 4, 2012, when a gunman shot his way into her elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, and she lunged herself at the shooter. She used the last moments of her life to try and protect her students — her children.

After that gloomy day, Tyler and his Grandfather sat down with a notebook, knowing the only way that they were going to feel somewhat better about the situation was to put it into a song and honor the life of their "little princess." He performed the song live at the Hartford March For Our Lives that Tyler organized to demand that something be done about the epidemic of mass school shootings and gun violence in America.

Tyler is a musician and a student at the University of Bridgeport, studying Music Education and Education. He is a founder of the CT Students Demand Action, which is an organization of Connecticut students educating others on how to be active in their communities and #DEMANDINGACTION for social change. He is also an organizer of Students Against Gun Violence, an offshoot of the Connecticut Against Gun Violence group.

To learn more about Tyler visit his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/tylersuarezmusic/

Listen to Tyler’s music on the “Apple Artist” website:https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/tyler-suarez/1208640169 

Listen to Tyler’s song for his aunt, “Little Princess,” live at the Hartford, CT March for our Lives, March 24, 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkTBqbtLiMM

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