Patch Writer's Mother-In-Law Killed in CT School Shootings

Mary Sherlach, the mother-in-law of Patch writer Eric Schwartz, was among 27 people killed in the deadliest school shooting in American history.


The deadly shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT claimed the life of a Patch writer's family member. 

Mary Sherlach, the school's psychologist, was among 26 people, including 20 children, who died when a gunman opened fire at the school Friday morning. The gunman, identified as 20-year-old Adam Lanza, also died in the rampage. 

Sherlach was the mother-in-law of Deptford, NJ resident Eric Schwartz, a longtime Patch freelancer who covers high-school sports in South Jersey. 

Sherlach, 56, lived in Trumbull, CT.

Schwartz and his wife, Maura, arrived in Connecticut on Friday evening to be with their family. They could not be reached for comment. 

In the shooting spree, Lanza also reportedly killed his mother, who was a teacher at the school, and Sandy Hook's principal, Dawn Hochsprung. 

Dee Roe December 17, 2012 at 07:10 AM
I am a Kindergarten teacher and know first hand how sweet and precious these little ones are- know that many many people are praying for your losses. Prayer does help-I've experienced it during a tragedy in my life - I felt like I was being lifted up somehow.
TD December 19, 2012 at 03:49 AM
This is worth a read... http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/16/i-am-adam-lanzas-mother-mental-illness-conversation_n_2311009.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular
Betty R Knight December 19, 2012 at 03:58 AM
God Bless all you whom are victims of unknown or known shooters. The ripple effect will last forever. RIP.
travelbug December 20, 2012 at 09:46 PM
why has god allowed this to happen? why didn t he save them? my faith is being tested I m sure. to think those little ones were shot 3-11 times sickens me, there last moments of liffe:( how can you all stop thinking of this? I dont even know these little ones, or anyone in the town, but I cry night and day for the evil that went on a week ago, what should we do t o avoid this from happening again?
Laura Shifrin December 29, 2012 at 08:59 PM
An online fundraiser has been set up to raise money for those that might not have the ability to write a considerable check, but still want to be part of a way to get monies donated. www.ShopForSandyHook.com it is very simple. When you order any gift or product from our unique website we donate 15% equal to the total of your order and monthly send it collectively to the Sandy Hook Elementary PTA. We sell all sorts of interesting things you use in your day to day life and special occasions. We sell a clothing line called Feel The Hugs, $100 restaurant discount cards for all over America for ONLY $20 (that's 80% off), we sell ink and toner for home and office for up to 75% plus free shipping, magazine subscriptions and renewals at some of the best values online. Please shop all the time at www.ShopForSandyHook.com. Orders can also be placed at 1-877-980-7467. Thank you and God Bless all effected.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »