The victims of Parkland

Alyssa Alhadeff was 14 at the time of the shooting.

Alyssa loved playing soccer for her team Parkland Travel Soccer.

Alyssa’s mother Lori rushed to the school when she heard about the shooting, but Alyssa had already passed.  “I knew at that point she was gone. I felt it in my heart,” she said. “Alyssa was a beautiful, smart, talented, successful, awesome, amazing soccer player. You’ll be greatly missed, Alyssa. We love you so much. You’ll always, always be in our hearts.”

Scott Beigel (35) was a geography teacher who lost his life in the shooting.

One of his students, Kelsey Friend said that he was a hero.  “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,” she said. “I am alive today because of him.”

Scott also worked as a counselor at Camp Starlight.  They wrote this tribute to him:

The Starlight Family is wrapping their arms around each other today singing from our hearts to Starlight’s beloved friend and hero, Scott Beigel. 

May every road rise up to meet your feet

And may the wind be at your back

May good friends supply every lack

Until once more as friends we meet

A memorial fund has been established in Scott’s name –

The Scott J. Beigel Memorial Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization created in response to the tragic loss of Scott J. Beigel, the geography teacher and cross country coach at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where 17 innocent people died from gun violence. The fund provides camperships to help send at-risk children touched by gun violence to summer sleep-away camp.

Scott loved working with children and teaching afforded him the ability to continue with one of his life’s passions, working at sleep-away camp. He worked diligently to have a positive impact on every child, no matter how young or old, no matter what the issues. It is for this reason that we created the Scott J. Beigel Memorial Fund, to combine Scott’s two life passions: his love for summer camp and his desire to teach and mentor children.

Martin Duque Anguiano (14) died in the shooting.

His brother Miguel said:  “He was 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.” 

Nicholas Dworet was 17 when he died while in his Holocaust history class. He was a champion swimmer who had been recruited by the University of Indianpolis’ swim team.  He would have started there the fall after the shooting.

His family have established the Nicholas Dworet Fund – swim4nick.

Our mission is to keep Nick’s memory alive by helping kids learn how to be better swimmers! Nick was always helping his friends and teammates be better. He wouldn’t have it any other way. We will be hosting swim clinics that will provide FREE instruction to middle and high school aged boys and girls. We also provide financial assistance to needy families that need access to swimming lessons.

Aaron Feis was a 37 year old assistant football coach at Marjory Stoneman Douglas.  He died after he used himself as a shield to protect students.

Football program spokesperson Denis Lehtio said:

“He died the same way he lived – he put himself second,” she said. “He was a very kind soul, a very nice man. He died a hero.”

Student Colton Haab echoed those sentiments:

“That’s Coach Feis. He wants to make sure everybody is safe before himself,” he said.

“(He) made sure everyone else’s needs were met before his own. He was a hard worker. He worked after school, on the weekends, mowing lawns, just helping as many people as possible.”

Jaime Guttenberg was 14 when she died.

Her aunt, Ellyn Guttenberg, told the New York Times that Jaime loved to dance-“sometimes she went on for hours.”

Jaime’s father Fred has been very vocal over the years.

He spoke the day after the shooting and said: 

“In the morning sometimes things get so crazy, she runs out behind and she’s like, ‘I got to go, Dad, bye.’ And I don’t always get to say, ‘I love you,'” Fred said. “I don’t remember if I said that to Jaime yesterday morning.”

“Jaime was such a special kid. All of the kids here are. What is unfathomable is Jaime took a bullet and is dead,” he added. “Don’t tell me there is no such thing as gun violence.

Chris Hixon was 49 when he died.

A Naval reservist, Chris deployed to Iraq in 2007.

“He loved being an American and serving his country and he instilled that in our kids,” his wife said.

“If you needed anything — a cup of sugar in the middle of the night, he would bring it to you,” Coral Springs High School athletic director Dan Jacob told ABC News. “Chris has a son with Down syndrome. He put the needs of everyone else before his own.”

“Coach Hixon, for me, was a father figure,” said wrestler Karlos Valentin.

Luke Hoyer was 15 when he was killed.

His grandmother Janice Stroud said, “He was a good kid. He … never got in trouble. He was the last of my daughter’s children who still lived at home.”

Cousin Grant Cox called Luke “an amazing individual. Always happy, always smiling. His smile was contagious, and so was his laugh.

His mother recounted the day of the shooting:

“I love you, Lukey Bear,” she told him.

“I love you too, Mom,” he responded.

14 y/o Cara Loughran loved Irish Dancing.  

“Cara was a beautiful soul and always had a smile on her face,” her dance studio said in a statement. “We are heartbroken as we send our love and support to her family during this horrible time.”

“I never got to say goodbye to her,” her friend Mackenzie Mirsky said. “I can’t close my eyes without thinking of my friend.”

Gina Montalto was 14 years old at the time of the shooting.  She was the winter guard on the school’s marching band.

Shawn Sherlock, Gina’s aunt, posted a tribute on Facebook, describing her niece as a gifted artist.

“I know somewhere in the heavens she’s designing the latest and greatest trends and has her art book she always carried with her as well,” she wrote.

Her mother Jennifer said: 

“Gina was a smart, loving, caring, and strong girl who brightened any room she entered.” 

Joaquin Oliver (17) had purchased Valentine’s Day flowers to give to his girlfriend.  He took extra care in getting ready and was excited to give his girlfriend the gift at school that day.

His father Manuel dropped him off.  “I said, ‘Love you.’ And he gave me a kiss, ‘I love you too.’ And I told him, just make sure you call me to see how did it go with the flowers. And then he never called me.”

The Oliver family have started a nonprofit organization called Change the Ref, a platform inspired by their son in part to educate and empower youth in the movement to end gun violence.

Alaina Petty was 14 when she died.

Her family have said that she was “a vibrant and determined young woman” who “loved to serve.”  She was a member of the “Helping Hands” program of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“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,” her family said.

Meadow Pollack (18) was looking forward to attending Lynn University in Boca Raton after she graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

“Meadow was a lovely young woman, who was full of energy,” said university spokeswoman Jamie D’Aria, according to WPLG. “We were very much looking forward to having her join our community in the fall.”

Her cousin Jake said that she “was a beautiful girl, inside and out.”

Meadow’s father, Andrew Pollack, attended a session shortly after the shooting with President Donald Trump.  He said that “We should have fixed it!” after one school shooting.

Helena Ramsey was 17 when she was murdered.

A spokesperson for her family said : “Helena was a smart, kind hearted, and thoughtful person. She was deeply loved and loved others even more so. Though she was some what reserved, she had a relentless motivation towards her academic studies, and her soft warm demeanor brought the best out in all who knew her. She was so brilliant and witty, and I’m still wrestling with the idea that she is actually gone.”

Helena’s best friend, Samantha Grady, was grazed by a bullet during the massacre.

The two spent much of their school days together, and Samantha told ABC News’ “Nightline” that “going throughout my day without that, it’s something that I have to get used to.”

14 y/o Alex Schachter was a member of the school marching band and orchestra.  His mother had died when he was 4 and his father moved the family to Parkland after that.

“I moved my family to Parkland because it was an idyllic little community.I never thought this would happen to me. I never thought it would happen here.”

Alex was buried in the same cemetery as his mother.

Carmen Schentrup was a 16 y/o National Merit Scholar semifinalist.

Her parents said that she was a dedicated, accomplished and straight-A student “was going to change the world.” 

Carmen “devoured books” and loved art and music, the family said. She played piano, violin and guitar and also sang in the church choir.

Schentrup was “mature beyond her years,” her parents said, yet “still a kid at heart.”

“We loved that she never outgrew our hugs and would hug us before she went to bed,” they wrote.

“Carmen was a dreamer,” her parents said.

They said their daughter dreamed of visiting Germany, so she taught herself the language.

“We miss seeing her make her dreams come true,” they said.

Peter Wang was 15 when he died.  His classmates said Peter was shot while holding a door open to let fellow classmates get to safety.

“I want people to know he died a hero,” his friend Aiden Ortiz said. “He died saving many people.”

West Point officials called Peter a “brave young man” and posthumously offered him admission “for his heroic actions.”

Peter was buried in his Cadet uniform and his family was offered a keepsake medal.


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