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 second-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 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. 

Update, 2:35 a.m. Dec. 15: Schwartz spoke to Patch about his mother-in-law, Mary Sherlach. Read his thoughts at .

Jill Warner December 17, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Lord bless his mothers soul along with all the rest of the victims
barbara December 19, 2012 at 02:02 AM
No politics here. Just a sincere expression of sympathy to you on the death of your mother-in-law.
Kim December 19, 2012 at 01:06 PM
No politics here either. Not on this post. My sincerest sympathies to Eric and his family on their loss. My son is around the same age as the children that were killed and this tragedy has affected me greatly. I hae amazing respect for the teachers and staff who put themselves in harms way for their students. Heroes. All of them.
Ruth December 26, 2012 at 03:59 PM
I also give my sincerest love and hugs to the family.
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