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. 

andrespereyda.com December 15, 2012 at 07:03 AM
whatevs. that's not going to fix earth human's problems. the HEAD controls the body. "All laws are useless. For good men do not need them, and bad men are made no better by them" --Plato, 400BC
Tim December 15, 2012 at 07:12 AM
So ban guns... next nutjob will get his weapon with a trip to Home Depot... go back and Google the name "Timothy McVeigh"
Tim December 15, 2012 at 07:14 AM
What if he used box cutters? Yea, that didn't cause anyone to die on September 11, 2001.... or what if he used a fertilizer bomb like McVeigh in Oklahoma City? No one died there either, right?
elizabeth December 15, 2012 at 08:55 AM
Parents, siblings, and grandparents went home to little empty beds tonite. Stuffed animals are without the little arms to hold them tight. Please, out of respect for the families and friends...for the immediate moment please refrain from gun control arguments...and put that energy into prayer and empathy. There is plenty of time for arguments but now is time for mourning.
josie-Vero Beach FL December 15, 2012 at 09:18 AM
The prayers of Americans and the World are with those who lost a family member during this horrific evil deed. . How tragic that these babies had to be riped from life in a split second. Rest in Peace you darling angels. The good Lord needs you more that those you left behind.
josie-Vero Beach FL December 15, 2012 at 09:22 AM
No Marty, he was not given the right to arm himself.............he stole the guns from his mother. All the gun control laws in the world could not have prevented this.
Jon December 15, 2012 at 09:49 AM
i live right next to Sandy Hook. i have a 5yr old and a 3yr old. This is just an indescribable feeling we're suffering. May Adam Lanza rot in hell for what he did to those now angels in heaven! To think of the details makes me sick, angry and then infinitely sad over and over and over. I personally do own a firearm and believe in the 2nd amendment but i also believe they, and their ammunition, should be highly monitored by big brother, possibly all the time (rfid). I understand this wont solve all the problems and other means of evil can be sought but it would make it harder to pull off. We also need big brother to be calculating/profiling everyone who could be at risk of committing such crimes. No single piece of data recognition or weapon regulation will stop these things from happening but when a flagged persons' profile purchases large amounts of ammunition and/or grabs his weapon, and heads towards a school - alarms should be going off at FBI head quarters. We do have the technologies for this, they are making their way into society and frankly, I'm professionally close to them. It will take us, the generation that is uncomfortable with this, to die off. The next generations will be completely comfortable with it. Then once nearly everything is seen by big brother and artificial intelligence is even deriving policies, this world will be a better place.
Watts December 15, 2012 at 10:26 AM
Except that in China, the man injured 22 kids... he didn't kill 20 kids. And if the inequality of firearms versus baseball bats and knives even needs to be explained to Elena and andre, then you two have to be amongst the most ignorant people to have ever posted in a public forum.
Henrik Sorensen December 15, 2012 at 10:51 AM
Thats right, the mother had permits. But what is a female Elementary teacher doing with 2 handguns and a Bushmaster army rifle ? Its not like she can use all 3 at the same time anyway.
Henrik Sorensen December 15, 2012 at 10:56 AM
There is no doubt that if you make it hard to get hold on weapons, crime and shootings will drop. Look at europe or for that matter canada. yes, if you something for a long time you can always get hold of a weapon but remember that ammo will be hard to get too so you would not carry around 100 rounds. No, you cant protect yourself in the same way against Political terror which was the case on September 11, Oklahoma City or for that matter what happen in Norway. But somebody, who gets pissed at the world one day and wants to "kill the world" the next, will not be able to do so with Gun control like most of the rest of the world.
Stacey Lloyd December 15, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Bravo, Elizabeth. There are appropriate forums for these debates and discussions. The untimely death of so many innocent people is not that forum. My family, my friends, my community, my town - we will never be the same. Nothing can change this.
charles kohlstock December 15, 2012 at 05:09 PM
i a man 75 years old and i see lot a things but driven home and ear the news , i cry , to all we pray for you charles ny
charles kohlstock December 15, 2012 at 05:17 PM
you are right
CCamp December 15, 2012 at 10:14 PM
He wouldn't be able to kill 27 people in 5 minutes with a baseball bat or knife! It's the MASS KILLING that these guns are responsible for!!!!
CONNIE WELCH December 15, 2012 at 10:21 PM
this will scare them children minds for the rest of their lives. i know when i was in school 2nd a child accindental hung him self and his blood got all over my shirt and i will not forget and that was all most 40 years ago.
Denise Louizos December 15, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Stop the garbage for heavens sake give them your prayers not your ideas
mkmk989@gmail.com December 15, 2012 at 11:26 PM
"If we found anyone that was in the woods cutting wood, they were going to be, they would be detained pending the investigation. So there were no other arrests that were associated with this investigation that occurred." Lt. J. Paul Vance, Media Relations Commander, Connecticut State Police What about this arrest detailed by a witness at the scene (see link below)? Who is he? What is his occupation? Why was he at the school? What did he say while detained? Who issued his "get-out-of-jail-free" card? Why is the media ignoring it? http://bit.ly/W9rNyE Families of the deceased, you are the only ones with the voice and the standing to ask the question. Ask it on live TV so you cannot be edited out. The 20 year old autistic kid didn't kill 26 people in two minutes. Demand that they find out who did.
josette dukes December 15, 2012 at 11:29 PM
say a lot of prayers for everyone .prayer helps a lot
Jean Strauber December 16, 2012 at 12:19 AM
My prayers and thoughts are with all of those who lost family, friends and neighbors. Jean Strauber Encino CA
Jean Strauber December 16, 2012 at 12:20 AM
My prayers and thoughts are with all of those who lost family, friends and neighbors. Jean Strauber Encino CA
Bobbie Egloff December 16, 2012 at 12:59 AM
So terribly sorry for the families. My prayers are for the parents and the children and adults who were killed during this senseless attack. Bobbie Egloff
Maryanne December 16, 2012 at 01:16 AM
With deepest sympathy from Wappingers, NY. I will remember you and your family in my prayers, as well as the others, all through this season, which can only add to the sadness of Mrs. Sherlack's untimely passing. She is sitting next to God looking down on all of you. May she rest in peace.
Joyce December 16, 2012 at 01:32 AM
My thoughts and prayers go out to all who are affected by this horrible act; especially to those who lost their son, daughter, brother, sister, grandchild, cousin, best friend. God bless each and everyone.
Natalie Lipscomb December 16, 2012 at 04:55 AM
I am appalled to read all of arguing back and forth in these comments. You should all be ashamed of yourselves. I believe the opportunity to comment on this article is to send well wishes to the victims, families and community. I hope the people affected by this tragic event first hand are not subjected to your inconsiderate bickering. I pray that the good lord place GIS hands on the suffering and offer them a moment of peace in the aftermath of this horrible tragedy.
Gay Ludington December 16, 2012 at 10:44 AM
Josie, Elena and Andre: State coroner said each victim had between 3 and 7 bullet wounds, all from the rifle. Averaging that to 5 each, this means that Lanza pumped out roughly 5 x 26 shots, or 130 bullets. He must have been using a semi-automatic assault weapon with high capacity ammo cartridges. So, in effect, Lanza mowed them down using a machine gun with a huge amount of ammo available. There is NO reason a gun enthusiast needs ammo clips of the size Lanza must have had (let alone an assault rifle). Although unsuccessful efforts have been made in the past to ban high capacity cartridges (always derailed by furious opposition from the gun lobby), I think that pushing through an immediate outright ban on sale and possession of this one component would be a good place to restart a realistic effort at gun control.
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
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