The names of 12 of the 17 victims who were tragically killed in a Parkland, Florida school shooting on Feb. 14 have been revealed. Here’s what we know so far.
After 17 people were murdered in cold blood in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting massacre, we’re learning the names and faces of the innocent students whose young lives were cut short. Twelve of the 17 victims’ names have been made public at this point. Among those killed were a 17-year-old student named Jamie Guttenberg, who was first reported missing after the shooting, until her poor parents learned that she had tragically died, according to ABC 10 News. School security guard and assistant football coach, Aaron Feis, was also pronounced dead after he bravely stepped in front of bullets to protect students as suspected gunman Nikolas Cruz opened fire. The MS Douglas Football Twitter account confirmed the news. Athletic Director Chris Hixon was also killed.
More victims’ names have now been revealed, and it’s absolutely heartbreaking. Freshman Alyssa Alhadeff, 15, was killed after being reported missing during the massacre by her grandmother. Her cousin confirmed her death on Facebook on February 15. Thirty-five-year-old geography teacher Scott Beigel was killed while shooting his students from gunshots. According to some of the students he saved, he unlocked his classroom to let students run inside, and was shot and killed trying to close the door behind them.
Freshman Martin Duque, 14, was confirmed dead by his brother Miguel on Instagram. Miguel, who had graduated from the HS the year prior, wrote, “Words cannot describe my pain. I love you brother Martin you’ll be missed buddy.” Senior Nicholas Dworet was confirmed dead by his swim coach, Andre Bailey. Nicholas had already gotten an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Indiana next year.
Luke Hoyer was confirmed dead by his uncle, Toni Brownlee, on Facebook. “Luke was found on the third floor of the school,” he wrote. “This has devastated our family and we’re all in shock and disbelief. Our hearts are broken. Luke was a beautiful human being and greatly loved.” Beautiful Cara Loughran and freshman Gina Montalto were among the dead. Gina passed away Wednesday night.
Joaquin Oliver, 17, who was born in Venezuela, had just become a US citizen on January 17. The senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas died on Thursday. Sophomore Carmen Schentrup, a 2017 National Merit Scholar semifinalist, was described as sweet, and “like family” by friends in her music class. Alaina Petty, 14, was confirmed dead on Thursday by the Bishop of the Coral Springs Ward.
Senior Meadow Pollack was confirmed dead by the Miami Herald, as well as an unnamed friend on Facebook. She had already decided to attend Lynn University next year. Fifteen-year-old Peter Wang was last seen alive wearing his ROTC uniform while holding a door open so that other kids could escape.
It was just another school day coming to an end in Parkland, Florida on Feb. 14 when former pupil, Nikolas, allegedly burst in and opened fire with an AR-15 rifle. 12 people died in the building, two outside, and three passed away at the hospital. Students who survived the attack described terrifying details of how Cruz allegedly shot into classrooms as the teens barricaded themselves for safety. Some even took to their social media to share horrific videos of themselves terrified and cowered under desks while gunfire erupted right outside their classrooms. One girl who survived told reporters that three students in her classroom had been hit by gunfire. Sadly, this was the 18th school shooting since 2018 began and we’re only six weeks into the new year! This is just madness. The 17 deaths have now eclipsed the 1999 Columbine massacre as the most deadly high school shooting in U.S. history.
One student even told a TV reporter after the bloodbath that “everybody predicted it” when it came to Cruz’s alleged act of slaughter. Matthew Walking, a 17-year-old student at the school told WFOR-TV that, “A lot of kids threw jokes around saying that he was going to be the one to shoot up the school. It turns out that everyone predicted it. That’s crazy… He was going class to class just shooting at random kids. Everything he posts [on social media] is about weapons. It’s sick.”
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told reporters that Cruz had been expelled from Douglas High for disciplinary reasons, and his suspected Instagram pages showed a deep fascination with guns, grenades and deadly ammunition. Now 17 innocent people are dead and 15 more are clinging to life at South Florida hospitals.
HollywoodLifers, please send your thoughts to the victims their families of his senseless tragedy.