At least 17 people are dead after a teenager opened fire inside his old high school in Parkland, Florida on Valentine’s Day. Although the victims ranged in age, many of them were only freshmen. Here are details on some of those victims.
1. Alyssa Alhadeff
Alyssa Alhadeff, was a 14-year-old girl who excelled at academics and at sports. She played competitive soccer since she was 3 years old. Just recently, she played exceptionally well at what would become her last soccer game.
Her mother, Lori Alhadeff told The New York Times, “I was so proud of her,” her mother said. “I told her it was the best game of her life.”
2. Cara Loughran
Cara Loughran, 14, was an excellent student who loved the beach according to her family.
“We are absolutely gutted,” by her death, her aunt, Lindsay Fontana, wrote in a Facebook post. “While your thoughts are appreciated, I beg you to DO SOMETHING. This should not have happened to our niece Cara and it cannot happen to other people’s families.”
3. Martin Duque Anguiano
Martin Duque Anguiano was also only 14-year-old. His brother described him on a GoFundMe page for funeral expenses as “a very funny kid, outgoing and sometimes really quiet. [...] He was sweet and caring and loved by all his family. Most of all he was my baby brother.”
4. Scott Beigel
Geography teacher Scott Beigel reportedly died after opening the door of his classroom to usher in students in an attempt to save their lives. In doing so, the gunman spotted him as he attempted to relock the door, and Beigel was shot dead.
One of the students he helped, Kelsey Friend, told"Good Morning America," “He unlocked the door and let us in. I thought he was behind me, but he wasn’t. When he opened the door, he had to relock it so that we could stay safe, but he didn’t get the chance.”
5. Luke Hoyer
Luke Hoyer 15, was a freshman who loved to play basketball. He was a big fan of LeBron James and Stephen Curry, according to The New York Times.
“I know Luke loved his family,” his cousin told the publication. “I know he did. He had a huge heart. [...] He was quiet, but a very happy individual.”
6. Aaron Feis
Aaron Feis was an assistant football coach at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who lost his life protecting students. The football team’s Twitter wrote that during the shooting, “He selflessly shielded students from the shooter when he was shot. He died a hero.” According to the Sun Sentinel, Feis jumped between at least one student and the shooter to save her.
Feis was a fierce protector at the school. In fact, he also worked there as a security guard, reported CNN.
7. Nicholas Dworet
Nicholas Dworet was a 17-year-old boy who was a promising swimmer. During a trip University of Indianapolis a few weeks ago, he told the university’s coach Jason Hite that he wanted to swim for them after he graduated. According to The New York Times, Dworet received an academic scholarship to attend the school.
TS Aquatics, the Florida club where the teen often swan called him a person who had been “on a major upswing in his life.”
“We were going to continue to groom him to be a future leader for our team,” Hite said, adding that Dworet improved himself so much since starting high school. “The saddest thing to me is how much life this kid had and how hard he had worked to change directions and change paths. He was really going in the right direction and he had really created some opportunities for himself.”
8. Jaime Guttenberg
Jaime Guttenberg (pictured, top right), 14, loved to dance. She was generous and emphatic and became a mentor for a family member with special needs. Jaime’s Facebook page shows her dancing and giving attention to a furry friend.
Her father posted on her page: “I am broken as I write this trying to figure out how my family gets through this.”
9. Christopher Hixon
He was the school’s athletic director. The 49-year-old man was called “a great coach and an awesome motivator” by a former student. He was awarded athletic director of the year last year by the Broward County Athletics Association.
10. Gina Montalto
Gina Montalto, 14, was on the winter color guard team.
“We lost a beautiful soul tonight,” Andy Mroczek, color guard choreographer who worked at Stoneman Douglas, wrote about Montalto on Facebook. “Rest In Peace sweet child.”
11. Joaquin Oliver
Joaquin Oliver, 17, went by the nickname Guac and loved to write poetry and play basketball.
“Guac and I always wanted to graduate together and prove everyone wrong, that we would be successful together,” his close friend Julien Decoste told The New York Times. During the shooting, Decoste hid in a closet and texted his friend: “You good? Bro I need you to answer me please.”
12. Peter Wang
Peter Wang, 15, is described as caring. His cousin Aaron Chen told the New York Times that he helped him when he first moved to Florida, and made sure he was never bullied.
“He was always so nice and so generous,” Chen said.
Peter was wearing his Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps uniform when he died. He reportedly died trying to help his peers. He was holding the door open to help others.
“He was the kid in school who would be friends with anyone,” another cousin, Lin Chen, said. “He didn’t care about popularity.”
13. Alaina Petty
She has been described as selfless. Alaina Petty, 14, volunteered to do cleanup work after Hurricane Irma, her family said in a statement. She was also in a volunteer group with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a member of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, according to The New York Times.
“Her selfless service brought peace and joy to those that had lost everything during the storm,” the statement from her family said. “While we will not have the opportunity to watch her grow up and become the amazing woman we know she would become, we are keeping an eternal perspective.”
14. Carmen Schentrup
15. Meadow Pollack
Meadow Pollack, 18, was a senior with plans to attend Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.
Her dad Andrew Pollack told The New York Times, “She was a very strong-willed young girl who had everything going for her. [...] She just knew how to get what she wanted all the time. Nothing could ever stop her from what she wanted to achieve.”
16. Helena Ramsay
Helena Ramsay 17, was kindhearted according to a Facebook post by her relative Curtis Page.
“Though she was somewhat reserved, she had a relentless motivation towards her academic studies, and her soft warm demeanor brought the best out in all who knew her,” he wrote, according to the Sun Sentinel. [...] She was brilliant and witty, and I’m still wrestling with the idea that she is actually gone. She would have started college next year.”
17. Alex Schachter
Alex Schachter, 14, played the trombone in the school’s marching band. His dad Max Schachter, said that the boy “just wanted to do well and make his parents happy.”