'Mommy, I'm okay, but all my friends are dead': Harrowing story of how one six-year-old girl became the sole survivor of her class by playing deadGirl pretended to be dead among the corpses of her classmatesFirst student out of the schoolShe ran to her mother covered in blood
10:19 GMT, 17 December 2012
One incredibly brave little girl is the only survivor of her first grade class because she played dead while her friends were killed around her by gunman Adam Lanza.
The unnamed girl's story was revealed after her mother attended grief counseling with a local pastor Jim Solomon.
The unnamed girl, 6, waited until she believed it was safe hiding among the corpses, then ran from the building covered with blood from head to toe.
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Storyteller: Pastor Jim Solomon learned of the girl's brave story while counseling her mother for grief
Killer: Adam Lanza may have had a much broader plan when he forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday
She was the first student to run out of the Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The other 15 members of her class were numbered among the lost Friday.
When she finally reached her mother, she told her: 'Mommy, I'm okay, but all my friends are dead.'
All told, Lanza murdered 20 children as he shot his way through the school after murdering his mother earlier that morning.
Solomon passed the girl's story along to ABC News.
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'What did she see in there' Solomon asked. 'Well, she saw someone who she felt was angry and somebody who she felt was mad.
'How at 6 1/2 years old can you be that smart, that brave I think it's impossible outside of divine intervention. She has wisdom beyond her years.'
Solomon said the girl's family is doing 'as well as you can expect them to do' and while they are relieved to have their daughter home they feel some survivor's guilt because many of their friends lost children.
Victims: Jesse, who loved math and riding horses, was among the 20 schoolchildren whose lives Adam Lanza ended
Innocent: Ana Marquez-Greene, 6, was one of the victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School
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