THOSE WE LOST: TEENS, ADULTS ALIKE KILLED IN FLORIDA SCHOOL SHOOTING
By The Associated Press
At least 17 students, teachers and faculty lost their lives Wednesday just before school let out at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Here are some of their names, and a little about their lives cut all too short.
National Merit Scholarship semifinalist, ROTC student
A National Merit Scholarship semifinalist and an ROTC student were among the victims of a Florida school shooting.
Family members identified them Wednesday as Carmen Schentrup and Peter Wang. Schentrup’s cousin Matt Brandow posted on Facebook that the 16-year-old visited Washington State recently and said she wanted to go to the University of Washington.
In September, Schentrup was named one of 53 National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists in the county
A cousin of Wang, Aaron Chen, told the Miami Herald that Wang was last seen holding a door open so others could get away from the gunman.
Future swimmer at University of Indianapolis
Nicholas Dworet, who died in a Florida school shooting, had committed to swim for the University of Indianapolis.
The college announced Thursday that the senior was among those killed in the mass shooting at his high school.
In a statement, UIndy swimming coach Jason Hite called Dworet an “energetic and very vibrant kind” who cheered for his soon-to-be university during a swimming meet last month.
He was among the 17 people killed Wednesday by a gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Color guard member
Florida mass shooting victim Gina Montalto was a 14-year-old freshman who participated on the winter color guard squad at the school.
Friends and relatives posted tributes on Facebook. Her mother, Jennifer Montalto, called her “a smart, loving, caring, and strong girl who brightened any room she entered.”
One of Montalto’s color guard instructors from middle school, Manuel Miranda, told the Miami Herald that Montalto was “the sweetest soul ever.”
She was among the 17 people killed Wednesday by a gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
‘One of the nicest people I knew’
Martin Duque, who was killed at a Florida high school, was one of Isaac Briones’ best friends.
The 15-year-old Briones called him “one of the nicest people I knew.”
Duque was among the 17 people killed Wednesday by a gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Briones said he last saw Martin the day of the shooting during first period when they were “just playing around, talking about jokes and stuff.” On Thursday, Briones was outside the school with others holding a group of white balloons for the victims.
On Instagram, Miguel Duque wrote that words can’t describe the pain of losing his brother. He added: “I love brother Martin you’ll be missed buddy. I know you’re in a better place. Duques forever man I love you junior!!! R.I.P Martin Duque!”
Loved to dance
Ninth-grader Jaime Guttenberg, who was killed in a Florida school shooting, loved to dance and hoped to become an occupational therapist and mother.
In a written statement to The Associated Press, her aunt Abbie Youkilis said the 14-year-old “was a pretty girl with the world’s best smile and her soul was sensitive and compassionate.”
Guttenberg was one of 17 people killed Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Guttenberg leaves her parents, Fred and Jennifer Guttenberg, and brother, Jesse. Her father said in a Facebook post that he is “trying to figure out how my family gets through this.”
Youkilis called for gun-control legislation, saying Jaime’s parents were “the world’s most loving and over-protective parents but they could not protect Jaime from the sickness that has gripped our country.”
Otherwise known as ‘Guac’
Friends said senior Joaquin Oliver was among the students killed in Wednesday shooting at a Florida high school.
Nineteen-year-old Tyra Hemans said they had been friends since they were freshmen.
She was outside the school Thursday holding up two signs, one about gun control and the other about coach Aaron Feis and Joaquin, widely known by his nickname, “Guac,” short for “guacamole.”
Hemans said she last saw her friend at school the day of the shooting.
Earlier in the day, Oliver’s sister, Andrea Ghersi, shared a photo of her brother on Facebook and wrote that he was missing after the shooting, that the family had contacted several hospitals without being able to find him and that they were waiting at a hotel for victim family members for word.
The post was shared more than 8,500 times.
He saved students’ lives
A 35-year-old geography teacher was killed after he helped students enter a locked classroom to avoid a gunman at a Florida high school.
Students credited Scott Beigel with saving their lives Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Student Kelsey Friend told Good Morning America that when she heard gunshots and realized it wasn’t a drill she followed other students toward the classroom.
Beigel “unlocked the door and let us in,” she said. “I thought he was behind me, but he wasn’t. When he opened the door he had to relock it so we could stay safe, but he didn’t get a chance to.”
Student Bruna Oliveda said she saw Beigel blocking the door.
A soccer lover
A student soccer player was among those killed Wednesday in a Florida school shooting.
An amateur soccer club said one of its players, Alyssa Alhadeff, was among the students killed in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Parkland Soccer Club posted on its Facebook page that Alhadeff was a “loved and well respected member of our club and community.”
A teen sure of her faith
The Mormon church says one of the deceased and one of the injured in the shooting at a Florida high school were members of the religion.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said Thursday that 14-year-old Alaina Petty died in the shooting and that 17-year-old Madeleine Wilford was seriously injured. Both girls were members of the religion’s congregation in Coral Springs.
The Utah-based church lamented in a statement that we “once again we find ourselves as a nation and as communities faced with a tragic loss of life and incomprehensible sorrow” and extended its love to victims and their families.
“We unite our prayers with millions of others who are mourning and praying for them,” the church said.
Athletic director, security specialist
An athletic director at has been identified as one of the victims in Wednesday’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Chris Hixon was a member of a Roman Catholic church in Hollywood. The Archdiocese of Miami confirmed his death Thursday.
When the school needed someone to patrol the campus and monitor threats as a security specialist, Hixon took the job.
It was in that security role that Hixon apparently came within range of the shooter.
A beloved angel
A father is confirming that his daughter, an 18-year-old senior, was among those killed in Wednesday’s mass shooting at a Florida high school.
Meadow Pollack’s parents called her phone repeatedly only to hear it ring, as they kept an anxious vigil outside the hospital. The Palm Beach Post reported Thursday that her father, Andrew Pollack, confirmed that his daughter was among the dead. He said she had planned to attend Lynn University.
Family friend Adam Schachtel said in a Facebook post that “an angel was taken away from us in that horrific tragedy … no words can be said so just prayers and sadness.”
Football coach, security guard
A football coach who also worked as a security guard is among the dead in a school shooting that claimed 17 lives in Parkland, Florida.
The football program at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tweets that assistant coach Aaron Feis died while selflessly shielding students.
The tweet ends: “He died a hero and he will forever be in our hearts and memories.”
The team website says Feis graduated from the school in 1999 and worked mainly with the junior varsity. It says he lived in nearby Coral Springs with his wife and daughter.
Authorities say a former student is charged with using an AR-15 to kill 17 people at the school. The team website says Feis spent his entire coaching career at Marjory Stoneman after playing there as a student.
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