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Thursday, December 20, 2012
Jeter calls slain teacher's mother

By Andrew Marchand

When Derek Jeter spoke with people impacted by 9/11, the man known for his cool had trouble finding the right words.

"It was awkward because you meet people who just lost family members. What do you say?" Jeter once told me.

But Jeter understands that it means a lot to fans, even if doesn't change the reality of the situation. It seems Jeter also realized that a simple call to the mother of Yankees fan Victoria Soto was a proper gesture. Soto was the 27-year-old teacher killed protecting her Sandy Hook Elementary School students Friday.

"Derek Jeter just called my mom!!!!!" Carlee Soto, Victoria's sister, tweeted Wednesday. "Thanks Vicki, she needs it thank you @yankees this meant a lot to my mother and all of us."

Of course, a call from Jeter doesn't make anything right for the Sotos. The sorrow must be overwhelming. But the tweet from Victoria's sister makes it sound as if there was a moment of comfort in the midst of all the pain.