Jeter called mother of slain Newtown teacher

Updated: December 20, 2012

Derek Jeter called the mother of Yankees fan Victoria Soto, the young teacher killed protecting her first grade Sandy Hook Elementary School students during last Friday’s Newtown tragedy.

Jeter telephoned Donna Soto on Wednesday, the same day she laid her daughter to rest. Carlee Soto, Victoria’s sister, tweeted the family’s excitement about hearing from Jeter.

“Derek Jeter just called my mom!!!!! Thanks Vicki, she needs it thank you @yankees this meant a lot to my mother and all of us,” the tweet read.

Soto’s cousin, James Wiltsie, said Soto was a huge Yankees fan, according to the New York Daily News.

“Vicki loved the Yankees — that was part of her eulogy,” Wiltsie said Wednesday night. “No one in the family reached out, so (Jeter) must have heard about it and … reached out.”

The Yankees could not immediately confirm the call. Jeter’s agent, Casey Close, could not be reached for comment.

Victoria was killed on Friday as she shielded her students from harm. She was 27.

“Nothing is going to fix the fact that [Donna] had to bury her daughter today,” Wiltsie told the Daily News. “But I’m happy that it brought some comfort. … People like Jeter have reached out. It brings some comfort to know that people recognize Vicki as a hero.”

Andrew Marchand

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