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Remembering the victims of the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting

Remembering the victims of the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting

The gunman who opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., wiped out lives and left friends and family struggling to cope after America’s latest mass shooting. Here is a look at the 17 people police say were killed in the massacre. (AP)

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Among the youngest victims was Alyssa Alhadeff, an avid soccer player whose mother screamed into CNN’s camera demanding that President Donald Trump take action.”President Trump, you say what can you do?” Lori Alhadeff said. “You can stop the guns from getting into these children’s hands! Put metal detectors at every entrance to the schools. What can you do? You can do a lot! This is not fair to our families and our children go to school and have to get killed! (AP)

Geography teacher and cross-country coach Scott Beigel helped students enter a locked classroom to avoid the gunman and paid for the brave act with his life. “If the shooter would have come into the room, I probably wouldn’t be speaking to you now,” student Kelsey Friend told “Good Morning America.” (AP)

Martin Duque was one of Isaac Briones’s best friends. “He was like, one of the nicest people I knew,” said Briones, 15. “He was so caring.” Briones said he last saw Duque the day of the shooting during first period. 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!” (AP)

Nicholas Dworet had committed to swim for the University of Indianapolis. The college announced Thursday that the senior was among those killed. In a statement, UIndy swimming coach Jason Hite called Dworet an “energetic and very vibrant kid” who cheered for his soon-to-be university during a swimming meet last month. Dworet “was very positive and a very cheerful person,” his teammate Guillermo Barrios told the Sun Sentinel. “He was the leader of the team. He was team captain. He was very leaderlike and mature.” (AP)

Assistant football coach Aaron Feis was shot to death while selflessly shielding students from bullets. A tweet from the school football program ended: “He died a hero and he will forever be in our hearts and memories.” Feis graduated from the school in 1999 and worked mainly with the junior varsity, the team website said. It said he lived in nearby Coral Springs, Fla., with his wife and daughter. (AP)

Jamie Guttenberg’s father, Fred Guttenberg, remembers his daughter as being “the life of the party,” that person who made people laugh and was “the energy in the room. With dark hair and a big smile, Jamie Guttenberg loved to dance and hoped to become an occupational therapist and mom, an aunt said. Now, she is among the dead at her school. (AP)

Christopher Hixon, a married father of two and the school’s athletic director, wasn’t shy about jumping in wherever he was needed, said friend and onetime colleague Dianne Sanzari. Hixon belonged to a Roman Catholic church in Hollywood, Fla. When a volleyball team needed a fill-in coach, Hixon took over; the same thing happened with the wrestling team, Sanzari said. When the school needed someone to patrol the campus and monitor threats as a security specialist, Hixon did that, too. It was in that security role that Hixon apparently came within range of the shooter. (AP)

Luke Hoyer was a loving, sweet person who loved basketball and “smiled all the time,” his aunt Joan Cox said. “He was just a good kid … very loving and just enjoyed life,” said Cox, of Greenville, S.C. She said Luke Hoyer’s parents, Gena and Tom Hoyer, searched for their son at hospitals before finally going to the law enforcement command center, where they eventually learned he had died. (AP)

Cara Loughran was an excellent student who loved the beach and her cousins, according to her family. An aunt, Lindsay Fontana, wrote on Facebook: “I had to tell my 8-year-old daughters that their sweet cousin Cara was killed in the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School yesterday. We are absolutely gutted.” “While your thoughts are appreciated, I beg you to DO SOMETHING,” she wrote. “This should not have happened to our niece Cara and it cannot happen to other people’s families.” (AP)

Gina Montalto was a freshman who participated on the winter color guard squad at the school. Friends and relatives posted tributes on Facebook, including mother Jennifer Montalto. “She was a smart, loving, caring, and strong girl who brightened any room she entered. She will be missed by our family for all eternity,” said the post. (AP)

Joaquin Oliver was known by his nickname “Guac,” short for “guacamole,” because many struggled to pronounce his given name. “My friend will literally never get to say, ‘I graduated high school,'” said Tyra Hemans, a 19-year-old who said they had been friends since freshmen year. Oliver used to play soccer, the goalkeeper position in community games, said friend Daniel Rodriguez, and he ran for homecoming prince last year. Oliver, whose family is Venezuelan, sometimes cooked and shared the experience on Snapchat, along with lessons he learned from his grandmother, like how to grill a steak using a rock to properly seal the meat. (AP)

Alaina Petty “loved to serve,” her family said. She participated in the school’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, and spent countless hours volunteering for the “Helping Hands” program of her Mormon church. After Hurricane Irma struck Florida, she helped people clean up and rebuild their lives, the family said. (AP)

Meadow Pollack was beautiful inside and out, her cousin Jake Maisner told the Sun Sentinel. She was a senior and had planned to attend Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., her father, Andrew Pollack, told the Palm Beach Post. Meadow Pollack was the youngest of three kids and of the 10 Pollack grandchildren, he said. (AP)

Trombone and baritone player Alex Schachter was a “sweetheart of a kid,” according to a social media post by his family. In honor of his 14-year-old freshman son, a relative wrote on a gofundme page that the family was starting a scholarship fund “to help other students experience the joys of music as well as fund increased security at schools.” Band director Alexander Kaminsky told the Sun Sentinel that Schachter began playing brass instruments in middle school. He was “fairly quiet” but worked hard to establish himself, Kaminsky said. His mother died at an early age, and father Max Schachter often visited the school to help out. An older brother, who also attends Stoneman Douglas, survived the attack. (AP)

Peter Wang died wearing his gray ROTC shirt and was last seen holding a door open for other students, his cousins Lin Chen and Aaron Chen told local news outlets. “He doesn’t care about popularity. He always liked to cheer people up. He is like the big brother everyone wished they had,” said Lin Chen. She told the Sun Sentinel that Wang had two brothers, ages 11 and 5, and his parents, too upset to talk, own a restaurant in West Palm Beach, Fla. They had planned to celebrate Chinese New Year’s eve Thursday. (AP)

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