Cheerleading Captain And Football Player Killed In Thursday's School Shooting

As the gunfire grew louder, one student said all she wanted to do was tell her family she loved them.

By Gina Tron

The two victims from Thursday morning’s school shooting in rural Aztec, New Mexico have been identified as two student-athletes. Casey Marquez, a cheerleading captain, and her classmate Francisco Fernandez, a football player were shot to death at at Aztec High School, according to the San Juan County Sheriff's Office.

The Associated Press and New Mexico State Police confirmed that the gunman is also dead. The shooter’s identity has not been released and it is unclear if the suspected killer is a student. No injuries were reported, despite conflicting earlier reports that said 15 were hurt.

Student Makenzie Rezac's recalled the terrifying shooting as she began her first-period world-history class.

"I’ve never heard gunshots before in person," Makenzie Rezac told the Arizona Republic. "We all thought maybe someone was going around banging on lockers, trying to scare us, or moving furniture."

She said the sounds kept getting louder and louder and all she wanted to do was tell her family she loved them.

David Stone, another student and a cousin of Marquez, told the Arizona Republic that the shooter was “gunned down.” He described seeing two bodies.

A motive has yet to be identified.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez commended students and teachers at Aztec High School for acting with bravery. She did not elaborate on any of the heroic acts.

"There are a lot of questions," Martinez said. "but we have to make sure to let law enforcement do what they're good at doing and let them figure this out."

A candlelight vigil, held at a nearby park, was attended by hundreds on Thursday night.

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