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Seventeen Victims of the Parkland Shooting

Alyssa Alhadeff, 14

Alyssa was a freshman. She wanted to be a lawyer or a professional soccer player. A senior on her soccer team remembered her as always sweet and everyone laughed when she was around. The US Soccer Women’s National Team honored Alyssa on March 7th at a match in Orlando, Florida.

Scott Beigel, 35

Scott was a geography teacher and a cross-country coach. He also worked as a camp counselor where he met his fiancee. His fiancee commented on how she first fell in love with him for his sense of humor. He died while protecting students from gunfire.

Martin Duque Anguiano, 14  

Martin was a freshman who was born in Coyuca De Catalan, Mexico. He enjoyed Star Wars, soccer, and he regularly attended church. He was also a member of the Junior ROTC training at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. He is survived by his father, his mother, and four other siblings.

Nicholas Dworet 

Nicholas was an All-County swimmer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Nicholas had committed to swimming at the University of Indianapolis with an academic scholarship and planned to study physical therapy. He had dreams of going the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020. His brother was also shot on February 14th and is recovering.

Aaron Feis, 37

Aaron Feis was a football coach and security guard for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School – he was a lifelong member of the community. He graduated and played football for Stoneman Douglas. He died while protecting students from gunfire.

Jaime Guttenberg, 14 

Jaime was a freshman. She loved to dance and is remembered by her family for her silliness, her energy and her grace. She spent a lot of her time volunteering at an organization that helps kids with disabilities. Since her death, her father has said he will dedicate his life to ending gun violence.

Christopher Hixon, 49 

Christopher was the athletic director and wrestling coach at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. He was described by his students as a father figure and a hardworking and sweet man. He served in the Navy and was twice deployed to the Persian Gulf. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

Luke Hoyer, 15 

Luke was a freshman. He loved basketball–especially former Miami Heat player LeBron James– and McDonald’s chicken nuggets. He was described as a “quiet, but very happy individual.”

Cara Loughran, 14 

Cara was a freshman. She had a passion for Irish dancing and took classes at a nearby dance studio. She also loved the beach. Her aunt wrote on Facebook: “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.”

Gina Montalto, 14 

Gina was a freshman. She was a Girl Scout, volunteered at her church and played soccer and flag football in local leagues. An avid reader, Gina earned good grades, and was a member of the school’s marching band Winter Guard.

Joaquin Oliver, 17 

Joaquin went by the nickname of Guac because people often spelled his name wrong. He loved to write and filled his notebooks with poetry. He also played basketball in the community recreation league. He was excited for Dwyane Wade’s return to the Miami Heat. He was buried in Dwyane Wade’s jersey. Wade was so touched by the news, he dedicated the rest of the season to Joaquin, wore his name on his sneakers, and invited Joaquin’s family to a recent Miami Heat game. His father, who is an artist, created a mural honoring his son and the other victims in Miami.

Alaina Petty, 14 

Alaina was a freshman. She was remembered for always thinking of others. When Hurricane Irma devastated several cities in Florida this summer, Alaina spent many hours on weekends working with fellow youth and adults participating in Mormon Helping Hands recovery operations. This year, she decided to join the school’s Junior ROTC program. 1500 people attended her funeral.

Meadow Pollack, 18 

Meadow was a senior who had planned to attend Lynn University in Boca Raton next fall. Her father said “nothing could ever stop her from what she wanted to achieve.” She was described as smart, beautiful and caring.

Helena Ramsay, 17 

Helena was a senior. In the last moments of her life, she saved her friend. She was known for her kindness–she had recently adopted two stray kittens. She also loved music. Some of her favorite artists were Lana Del Rey and Halsey. She especially loved K-pop.

Alexander Schachter, 14

Alex was a freshman trombone and baritone player in his school’s marching band and orchestra. His father said Alex had loved his mother, who died when he was five years old. He dreamed of going to the University of Connecticut, the same college his mother had attended. The university sent him a posthumous letter offering him admission to the School of Fine Arts as a music major. His older brother also attends Stoneman Douglas and survived the shooting.

Carmen Schentrup, 16

Carmen Schentrup was a junior. She was a perfectionist, loved Marvel movies, and Shakespeare. She was also a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist, one of only 10 students at Stoneman Douglas to receive the honor. Carmen never knew about her accomplishment. The letter came the day after she was killed.

Peter Wang, 15

Peter was a freshman. He was part of the Junior ROTC program at Stoneman Douglas and died helping his classmates get to safety. He dreamed of going to West Point and the academy posthumously admitted him for his heroic actions on February 14th, 2018.


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