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Jeter calls mother of Newtown victim

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Derek Jeter did his part to help a shaken community.

The New York Yankees shortstop phoned the mother of Sandy Hook Elementary School teacher Victoria Soto, who was killed protecting her first-grade students during last Friday's Newtown tragedy, according to an ESPN.com report.

Donna Soto received a call Wednesday, the same day as the funeral. Carlee Soto, Victoria's sister, tweeted the news.

"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, told the New York Daily News that Soto was a big Yankees fan.

Victoria Soto died Friday as she tried to deflect bullets from gunmen Adam Lanza. 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."
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