These Are The Victims Of The High School Shooting In Florida

Photo: Amy Beth Bennett/Sun Sentinel/TNS/Getty Images.
At least 17 adults and teenagers were killed after a 19-year-old gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. After the attack, 12 people were found dead inside the school, two outside the building, and one in the street. Two reportedly died later from injuries. Several others remain in the hospital with injuries. This was the 18th shooting on a school or college campus in the U.S. this year alone.
Police identified the shooter as Nikolas Cruz, who had been expelled from the school and whom the FBI was warned about five months ago, CNN reported. He also had a history of abuse toward women, according to students interviewed by The New York Times. He was armed with an AR-15 rifle and “multiple magazines,” police said.
"So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior," President Trump tweeted on Thursday morning. "Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!" Many criticized this statement for blaming the victims and not offering a meaningful legislative solution.
Ahead is what we know about the victims of the shooting.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
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Photo: Courtesy of Aaron Feis’ Facebook.
Aaron Feis

Football coach Aaron Feis was one of the first identified victims. The school's football team confirmed his death Thursday morning, saying he had died shielding students from gunfire. "He selflessly shielded students from the shooter when he was shot. He died a hero and he will forever be in our hearts and memories," the team wrote on Twitter.
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Photo: Courtesy of Jaime Guttenberg’s Facebook.
Jaime Guttenberg

Early on Thursday, student Jaime Guttenberg's father confirmed her death on Facebook, writing, "My heart is broken. ... Hugs to all and hold your children tight."
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Photo: Courtesy of @martini._jr.
Martin Duque

Duque was a 14-year-old freshman. His brother Miguel confirmed his death on Instagram early Thursday. He wrote, “Words cannot describe my pain… I know you’re in a better place. Duques forever man I love you junior!!!”
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Photo: Courtesy of Shawn Malone Reeder Sherlock’s Facebook.
Gina Montalto

Montalto was a 14-year-old freshman. Friends and family confirmed her death on social media late on Wednesday. “My heart is broken into pieces. I will forever remember you my sweet angel,” Manuel Miranda, her color guard instructor, told the Miami Herald. “She was the sweetest soul ever. She was kind, caring, always smiling and wanting to help.”
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Photo: Courtesy of Debbi Hixon’s Facebook.
Chris Hixon

Hixon was the school's athletic director. On Wednesday, the Sun Sentinel reported that he had been shot. Denise Lehtio, the communications director with the school's varsity and junior varsity football program, confirmed his death to CNN.

“RIP Chris Hixon,” tweeted Aaron Gonzales, a recruiting assistant for Florida Atlantic University football. “I left Douglas to take a job at a rival school. I came back to watch a lacrosse game to find Chris running the ticket gate. He shook my hand, asked how I was, let me in for free, and said, ‘Once an Eagle, always an Eagle.'”
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Photo: Courtesy of Melissa Dibble’s Facebook.
Alyssa Alhadeff

Alhadeff was a 15-year-old freshman. Her cousin Ariella Del Quaglio confirmed her death on Facebook Thursday, writing, "Many innocent souls were taken a few short hours ago. Among them we just got confirmation was my little cousin. My heart is broken."
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Photo: Courtesy of Andrea Ghersi’s Facebook.
Joaquin Oliver

Oliver went by "Guac," since people often spelled his first name wrong. “Guac and I always wanted to graduate together and prove everyone wrong, that we would be successful together,” his close friend and fellow senior Julien Decoste told The New York Times. Decoste said Oliver played basketball and loved to write poetry.
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Photo: Courtesy of Robyn Maisner’s Facebook.
Meadow Pollack

Pollack was a senior who had been planning to attend Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL, according to the Miami Herald. Her father Andrew Pollack confirmed that she had died to the Palm Beach Post.

Her friend Gii Lovito wrote on Facebook Thursday: “Please say a prayer for the family of an amazing girl I got to call my best friend growing up, Meadow Pollack. Her life was taken way too soon and I have no words to describe how this feels. Rest In Peace my beautiful angel. You are and forever will be loved.”
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Photo: Courtesy of Mark Moll’s Facebook.
Peter Wang

“He wasn’t supposed to die. He was supposed to grow old with me. Please share his story,” Wang's cousin Aaron Chen told First Coast News. The 15-year-old was last seen on Wednesday wearing his gray ROTC uniform and holding a door open so others could escape, Chen told the Miami Herald.
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Photo: Courtesy of @TSAquatics.
Nicholas Dworet

Dworet was a senior who had recently received a swimming scholarship to the University of Indianapolis for the fall. "Nick's death is a reminder that we are connected to the larger world, and when tragedy hits in places around the world, it oftentimes affects us at home," Robert L. Manuel, University of Indianapolis president, told CNN.

"Today, and in the coming days, I hope you will hold Nick, his family, all of the victims, as well as the Parkland community and first responders in your prayers."
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Photo: Courtesy of Claudette McMahon Joshi’s Facebook.
Alaina Petty

Petty was 14 years old. “There are no hashtags for moments like this, only sadness,” Claudette McMahon Joshi, Petty’s great aunt, told the Miami Herald. “Our hearts are with them and all the families touched by this tragedy.”
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Photo: Courtesy of @supreme._.leader.
Carmen Schentrup

Matt Brandow, Schentrup's cousin, confirmed her death on Facebook Thursday morning. "With a very heavy heart, my beloved cousin Carmen just passed away in the Parkland High School shooting today," he wrote. "Rest In Peace Carmen, you were the smartest and most intelligible 16-year-old I've ever met! You will be remembered forever."

Several friends mourned Schentrup on social media. “I was in the same classroom as this beautiful soul,” wrote one. “[S]he was so bright and had her whole life ahead of her. She was someone we all praised for her intelligence.” Another wrote, "[Y]our family is forever in my thoughts and prayers. I’m so sorry."
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Photo: Courtesy of Julie Allen’s Facebook.
Cara Loughran

The 14-year-old loved the beach and her cousins, and was an excellent student, her family told The New York Times. “We are absolutely gutted,” 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.”
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Photo: Courtesy of Facebook.
Luke Hoyer

Hoyer's cousin Grant Cox told The New York Times that the police informed 15-year-old Hoyer's family he had been killed. Hoyer was a basketball player who was passionate about the game. "I know Luke loved his family. I know he did. He had a huge heart," Cox said. "He was quiet, but a very happy individual."
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Photo: Courtesy of Bill Ritter’s Facebook.
Alex Schachter

Schachter, 14, played trombone in the marching band and helped the school win a state championship last year. His father Max Schachter said he was "a sweetheart of a kid" whose mother had passed away when he was just five years old. The student "just wanted to do well and make his parents happy," his father told The New York Times.
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Photo: Courtesy of Evan Scott’s Facebook.
Scott Beigel

Beigel was a geography teacher at the high school. Kelsey Friend, one of his students, told CNN that he saved her life as he ushered students inside his classroom when the gunfire broke out.

"Mr. Beigel was my hero and he still will forever be my hero. I will never forget the actions that he took for me and for fellow students in the classroom," Friend said. "I am alive today because of him."
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Photo: Courtesy of Facebook.
Helena Ramsay

"My family lost an absolutely beautiful member today, due to a senseless school shooting," 17-year-old Ramsay's relative Curtis Page Jr. wrote on Facebook. He said Ramsay would have started college next year and that she was smart, kindhearted, and thoughtful.

"I announce this only so that others might be inspired by the beauty that can be found in a life well-lived, no matter how short; and so that the impact of her life would be amplified beyond that of which any psychopath could succeed in stifling," Page wrote.

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