Broward County Sheriff's Office releases full list of victims names
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) - When a gunman opened fire with an AR-15 at a large high school in south Florida, the 17 dead included students and school workers, young and old. Here is a look at some of some of those who lost their lives in the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
The Broward County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday that it will release a full list with the names of the victims killed in Wednesday's shooting.
The Miami Herald has confirmed the names of 15 victims. As we learn more about the victims, we will update this post with more information.
Aaron Feis, 37
Feis was an assistant football coach at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. According to a number of witnesses who were present when the gunman opened fire, Feis reportedly threw himself in front of the students. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition and later passed away overnight from his injuries. The MS Douglas Football twitter account confirmed his death Thursday. The Sun-Sentinel reported that Feis, acting as a school security guard, responded to the original call on a school walkie-talkie. Someone on the radio asked if loud sounds they heard were firecrackers, said football coach Willis May, who also carries a radio.
Jamie Guttenberg, 14
Ninth grader Jaime Guttenberg, 14, loved to dance and hoped to become an occupational therapist and mother, aunt Abbie Youkilis said.
"She always looked out for the underdog and the bullied and she probably had been kind to the (former) student who shot her," Youkilis said in a written statement sent to The Associated Press.
Guttenberg leaves her parents, Fred and Jennifer Guttenberg, and brother Jesse. Her father said in a Facebook post that he is "trying to figure out how my family gets through this."
Youkilis called for gun-control legislation, saying Jaime's parents were "the world's most loving and over-protective parents but they could not protect Jaime from the sickness that has gripped our country."
Martin Duque Anguiano, 14
Shooting victim Martin Duque was one of Isaac Briones' best friends.
"He was like, one of the nicest people I knew," said Briones, 15. "He was so caring."
Briones said he last saw Martin the day of the shooting during first period.
"We were just playing around, talking about jokes and stuff," said Isaac, who was outside the school Thursday with others holding a group of white balloons for the victims.
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!"
Gina Montalto, 14
Shooting victim Gina Montalto was a 14-year-old 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.
One of Montalto's color guard instructors from middle school, Manuel Miranda, told the Miami Herald that Montalto was "the sweetest soul ever."
"She was kind, caring always smiling and wanting to help," Miranda said.
Alyssa Alhadeff, 14
An amateur soccer club said one of its players, Alyssa Alhadeef, was among the students killed in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.Parkland Soccer Club posted on its Facebook page that Alhadeff was a "loved and well-respected member of our club and community."
The club posted a note it said was from her family which read: "To Alyssa's Friends honor Alyssa by doing something fabulous in your life. Don't ever give up and inspire for greatness. Live for Alyssa! Be her voice and breathe for her. Alyssa loved you all forever!"The organization asked members to wear red uniform tops and meet at a soccer field for an event to honor Alyssa."Feel free to bring flowers and candles," said the note.
Nicholas Dworet, 17
Nicholas Dworet had committed to swim for the University of Indianapolis.
The college announced Thursday that the senior was among those killed in the mass shooting at his high school.
In a statement, UIndy swimming coach Jason Hite called Dworet an "energetic and very vibrant kind" who cheered for his soon-to-be university during a swimming meet last month.
"I spoke with his mom this morning, and she reiterated the fact that he was really looking forward to this next step in his life and becoming a Hound," said Hite. "He really felt like he had a family in the team, and was really excited about what we're doing up here."
Luke Hoyer, 15
Carmen Schentrup, 16
Meadow Pollack, 18
Meadow Pollack's parents called her phone repeatedly only to hear it ring, as they kept an anxious vigil outside the hospital. But on Thursday, her father, Andrew Pollack, confirmed that his daughter was among the dead, the Palm Beach Post reported Thursday.Eighteen-year-old Pollack, a senior, had planned to attend Lynn University, her father, Andrew Pollack, said, showing the newspaper a photo of their daughter wearing a dark strapless dress.
"Her life was taken way too soon and I have no words to describe how this feels," friend Gii Lovito posted on Facebook.Family friend Adam Schachtel said in a Facebook post that "an angel was taken away from us in that horrific tragedy ... no words can be said so just prayers and sadness."The Palm Beach Post reported that Pollack's parents had gone to the hospital to look for their daughter after she didn't answer repeated phone calls.
Alaina Petty, 14
Fourteen-year-old Alaina Petty was among those who died in the shooting, great-aunt Claudette McMahon Joshi confirmed in a Facebook post.
"There are no hastags for moments like this, only sadness," she wrote, asking people to lift up Petty's family in prayer.
Petty attended a local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Petty was a "valiant young member of the Coral Springs Ward," Church leader Stephen E. Thompson wrote in an update.
Chris Hixon, 49
A married father of two and the athletic director at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Chris Hixon wasn't shy about jumping in wherever he was needed, said friend and one-time colleague Dianne Sanzari.Hixon was a member of a Roman Catholic church in Hollywood. The Archdiocese of Miami confirmed his death Thursday. When a volleyball team needed a fill-in coach, Hixon took over; the same thing happened with the wrestling team, Sanzari said. And when the school needed someone to patrol the campus and monitor threats as a security specialist, Hixon did that, too.
"While he was a security monitor, he did the very best he could to also serve in that athletic administration role," said Sanzari.
It was in that security role that Hixon apparently came within range of the shooter. Sanzari, a retired athletic director, said she was stunned when she heard Hixon had been shot, then cried inconsolably when she found he had been killed."He loved his family, he loved his job," she said. "Chris was just amazing."
Cara Loughran, 14
Alex Schachter, 14
Scott Beigel, 35
Students said geography teacher Scott Beigel, 35, helped them enter a locked classroom to avoid the gunman and paying 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.
Friend said when she heard gunshots and realized it wasn't a drill she followed other students toward the classroom. Beigel "unlocked the door and let us in," she said. "I thought he was behind me, but he wasn't. When he opened the door he had to relock it so we could stay safe, but he didn't get a chance to." Student Bruna Oliveda said she saw Beigel blocking the door.
"I don't know how we're alive," she said. Facebook friends remembered Beigel as "an inspiration to many" and "my hero."
Joaquin Oliver, 17
Joaquin Oliver was known by his nickname "Guac," short for "guacamole," because many couldn't pronounce his first name. "My friend will literally never get to say, 'I graduated high school,'" said Tyra Hemans, a 19-year-old who said she has been friends with Oliver since they were freshmen.
Hemans said she last saw her friend at school the day of the shooting.
"It was just a brief 'Happy Valentines,'" she said. "He was with his girlfriend and I was just like, 'Oh my God, you guys are so cute."
She added, "He's just a goofball. He's the only kid you'd know that would dye his hair bleach blond, walk around school, put some tiger stripes in and just be unique. He was a unique soul."