Funeral services began Friday for the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. We remember each of the 17 people killed on Wednesday, including the teachers who helped save students’ lives.
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But, before we go tonight, funeral services began for the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. There were two of them today.
We're going to take a moment now to remember each of the 17 who were killed on Wednesday, including the staff who helped save students' lives.
Aaron Feis was the beloved football coach who used his body to shield students from the shooter. The football program tweeted, "He died a hero."
Chris Hixon was the athletic director at Marjory Stoneman Douglas. The 49-year-old father of two stepped in wherever he was needed, including as a security monitor for the campus.
And 35-year-old geography teacher Scott Beigel was trying to lock a classroom door when he was killed. His actions saved multiple lives, and his students broke down into tears as they spoke of him.
I have become so thankful that he was there to help everybody who did live in that classroom, because he was in the doorway, and the door was still open. And the shooter probably didn't know we were in there because Mr. Beigel had us laying on the floor.
Alyssa Alhadeff was an avid soccer player. Her team said the 14-year-old was "a loved and well-respected member of our club and community."
Fifteen-year-old Luke Hoyer loved basketball and "smiled all the time, his aunt recalled. He was very loving and just enjoyed life."
Freshman Jaime Guttenberg always looked out for the underdog and the bullied, her aunt said. She was a talented dancer who also had a great sense of humor. And during a vigil on Thursday, her dad called her the life of the party.
Nicholas Dworet had already committed to swim for the University of Indianapolis. The team's coach called the 17-year-old an energetic and very vibrant kid.
Freshman Gina Montalto was on the school's winter color guard squad. Her mother said she was a smart, loving, caring, and strong girl who brightened any room she entered.
Helena Ramsay was a "smart, kind-hearted, and thoughtful person," a relative wrote on Facebook. "She had a relentless motivation toward her academic studies."
On Wednesday, Meadow Pollack's parents tried calling her repeatedly, but the phone just kept ringing. Pollack was looking forward to her senior prom and to attending Lynn University in the fall.
A friend said 14-year-old Martin Duque was one of the nicest people he knew. His brother wrote on Instagram: "Words cannot describe my pain. I love brother Martin. You will be missed, buddy."
Fourteen-year-old Cara Loughran was an excellent student who loved the beach. Her aunt had to tell her daughters their cousin was killed. "We are absolutely gutted,' she said.
Peter Wang was last seen wearing his ROTC uniform holding a door open so others could escape. His cousin told local news outlets the 15-year-old was like the big brother everyone wished they had.
Alaina Petty's family said she loved to serve. The 14-year-old helped people clean up and rebuild after Hurricane Irma struck Florida last year.
Fourteen-year-old Alex Schachter played trombone and baritone. His family is starting a scholarship fund in his name to help other students experience the joys of music.
Carmen Schentrup was named as a National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalist last September. A classmate tweeted: "We all praised her for her intelligence."
And Joaquin Oliver, who went by the nickname Guac, recently became a U.S. citizen. One friend remembered the 17-year-old as just a goofball and lamented, "He will literally never get to say, 'I graduated high school.'"
And our hearts go out to all who knew them and who loved them.