Victims identified in Parkland shooting: Hero football coach, future college swimmer among dead

Family handout via NBC 2.

PARKLAND, Fla. (WFLA) – All of the 17 people killed in a deadly rampage at the Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida have been identified by police and in multiple media reports.

This photo taken from the Facebook page of Aaron Feis, a football coach at Marjory Stonemason Douglas High School in Parkland. (Facebook via AP)

Here are their names:

Aaron Feis, an assistant football coach who was hailed a hero after he stepped in front of multiple students to shield them from the gunfire, died from his injuries early Thursday morning, the school’s football team announced via Twitter.

A GoFundMe page was set up to help support Feis’s family during this tragic time.

Chris Hixon, the school’s athletic director was confirmed dead by friends and family.

“When you have a great husband and a great father, he is a great man. Humble. Everything was for his family. And at the school environment, everything was for the students,” his former colleague, Eddie Garcia told News Channel 8.  

Nicholas Dworet had just received a swimming scholarship to the University of Indianapolis before he was killed on Wednesday, Glenn Greenwald, a journalist with The Intercept, reported via Twitter.

Nicholas Dworet (family handout)
Scott Beigel, 35, a geography teacher at the school was struck by a bullet while he shut a classroom door behind him.

Scott Beigel, 35, a geography teacher at the school was struck by a bullet while he shut a classroom door behind him.  He had unlocked his classroom briefly to let more students take shelter, the Miami Herald reported.

Kelsey Friend, a student at the school, credits Beigel with saving her life. “When he opened the door, he had to relock it so that we could stay safe, but he didn’t get the chance,” she told CNN.

“Thank you for bringing and having this amazing person in life and giving him the power to be stronger than I could have ever been,” one of the teacher’s friends said in a message to his family.

Meadow Pollack was confirmed dead early Thursday morning. Pollack was a senior at the school and planned to attend Lynn University, the Miami Herald reported.

“Please say a prayer for the family of an amazing girl I got to call my best friend growing up,” posted her friend Gigi Lovito on Facebook. “Her life was taken way too soon and I have no words to describe how this feels.”

Meadow Pollack

Jamie Guttenberg, a student at the school, is among the deceased, the Miami Herald reports.

Her father, Fred, shared his heartbreak in a Facebook post:

“My heart is broken. Yesterday, Jennifer Bloom Guttenberg and I lost our baby girl to a violent shooting at her school. We lost our daughter and my son Jesse Guttenberg lost his sister. I am broken as I write this trying to figure out how my family get’s through this. We appreciate all of the calls and messages and we apologize for not reacting to everyone individually. Jen and I will be figuring things out today and so we ask that you respect out privacy. We will be getting messages out later regarding visitation. Hugs to all and hold your children tight.”

Jamie Guttenberg, a student at the school, is among the deceased.

Gina Montalto, 14, was a freshman on the school’s winter guard team. Montalto was reported missing when she did not answer her phone. She died at the hospital late Wednesday night, friends and family said on social media.

“My heart is broken into pieces. I will forever remember you my sweet angel,” her color guard instructor, Manuel Miranda told the Miami Herald. “She was the sweetest soul ever. She was kind, caring always smiling and wanting to help.”

Martin Duque, a 14-year-old freshman, also died in the shooting. His older brother Miguel, a former student at the school, shared the tragic news on Instagram. “Words can not describe my pain,” he wrote. “I love brother Martin you’ll be missed buddy.”

Duque was a JROTC member and will be honored by the Army and the Florida National Guard.

Alyssa Alhadeff, 15, another freshman was also killed. She was reported missing by her grandmother after the shooting. Her cousin Ariella Del Quaglio confirmed the tragic news on Facebook, 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 💔 not sure what i can even say I am at a loss for words.”

Peter Wang, a member of the school’s ROTC program was also killed. He was reportedly seen wearing his uniform as he held open the door and helped others escape, his cousin told the Miami Herald.

He will be buried in his full JROTC uniform and will be given a Medal of Heroism.

Peter Wang is seen in this photo near a memorial in Parkland, Fla., Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. Wang, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., was killed when former student Nikolas Cruz opened fire at the school Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Allen Breed)
Alyssa Alhadeff, 15, was reported missing by her grandmother after the shooting. Her cousin Ariella Del Quaglio confirmed her death on Facebook.

Luke Hoyer was also among the deceased, his family has confirmed. His family called him “Lukey Bear.”

“Our Luke was a precious child, who just went to school yesterday not knowing what was to come,” said his aunt.

“This has devastated our family and we’re all in shock and disbelief. Our hearts are broken. Luke was a beautiful human being and greatly loved,” posted his uncle, Toni Brownlee on Facebook. “Also, pray for the other families whose loved were also murdered so cruelly.”

Carmen Schentrup, was confirmed dead by several friends on social media. Schentrup would have turned 17 one week after the shooting. Her family described her as a sharp, straight-A student who loved to read and wanted to become a scientist and discover a cure for ALS.

Schentrup was a National Merit Scholar semifinalist, but did not know because the award letter came one day after she was killed.

 

Joaquin Oliver, 17, a Venezuela-born student had just become a U.S. citizen in January. His girlfriend confirmed his death, according to the Miami Herald.

Cara Loughran was among the deceased, a peer counselor at her church has confirmed.

“RIP Cara, and fly with the angels. You will be greatly missed, and we will always love you and celebrate your beautiful life,” her neighbor wrote on Facebook.

Alex Schachter, was confirmed dead by a former instructor and by Congregation Beth Am in Longwood.

Helena Ramsey was described as a “smart, kind hearted and thoughtful person.” Her death was confirmed through a police report.  She would have started college next year, according to the Miami Herald.

Alaina Petty was also named a victim of yesterday’s shooting, according to a police report.

Alaina Petty. Family handout.

“It is impossible to sum up all that Alaina was, and meant, to her family & friends.  Alaina was a vibrant and determined young woman, loved by all who knew her.  Alaina loved to serve. She served her community through her participation in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas JROTC program and her countless hours of service as a volunteer for the “Helping  Hands” program of the  Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day  Saints.  Alaina was part of hundreds of volunteers that rushed to the most heavily impacted areas of Florida to clean up and help rebuild the lives of those devastated by Hurricane Irma. Her selfless service brought peace and joy to those that had lost everything during the storm. 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 in a statement.

Stay on WFLA.com for updates on this developing story.  

An official GoFundMe campaign has been created by the Broward Education Foundation. The funds raised will be used to provide direct relief and financial support to the victims and families following the shooting in Florida.

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