Student victims of Florida school shooting identified

Student victims of Florida school shooting identified

Eleven of the 14 student victims of Wednesday’s high school shooting have been named and pictured. 

Jaime Guttenberg, 14, Nicholas Dworet, a high school senior, Martin Duque, 14, Meadow Pollack, 18, Cara Loughran, Alaina Petty, 14, Joaquin Oliver, 17, Luke Hoyer, 15, Alyssa Alhadeff, 15, Gina Montalto, 14, and Carmen Schentrup all died.

Alex Schachter, the 12th victim to be named, has not been pictured.  

They were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida along with track coach Aaron Feis, 37, geography teacher Scott Beigel, 35, and athletic director Chris Hixon, 49. 

Two other victims are yet to be identified. Fifteen people were injured.    

Jaime Guttenberg, 14, and senior Nicholas Dworet were killed in Wednesday’s massacre

Martin Duque, 14, was confirmed dead by his brother on Thursday and Meadow Pollack, 18, was also confirmed as one of the victims

Cara Loughran and Alyssa Alhadeff were unaccounted for after the shooting. Both were reported as dead on Thursday 

Luke Hoyer, 15, and  Joaquin Oliver, 17

Gina Montalto (left) and Alaina Petty (right)

Carmen Schentrup was also killed in the shooting 

The students were named on Thursday by The Miami Herald.  Police have not yet released an official victim list. 

Gunman Nikolas Cruz, 19, is in custody and will appear in court on Thursday to be charged with 17 counts of murder.  

Jaime’s death was confirmed by her grieving family on social media. They paid tribute to her as a ‘kind-hearted’ and ‘sweet’ girl. 

They had hoped she would return home from school along with her younger brother who survived.

Their worst fears were realized later in the day. 

Fred Guttenberg, her grieving father, gave a heartbreaking tribute to her on Facebook. 

Gunman Nikolas Cruz, 19, is in custody 

He said: ‘My heart is broken. Yesterday, Jennifer and I lost our baby girl to a violent shooting at her school. We lost our daughter and my son lost his sister. 

‘I am broken as I write this trying to figure out how my family gets through this. 

‘Hugs to all and hold your children tight,’ he said. 

Jaime’s cousin Alexa Saka shared her grief online, writing: ‘You grew up to be the most beautiful, kind-hearted, driven, funny and sweet girl. 

‘You went out of your way to make everyone feel good and that smile… that smile lit up every single room you walked into.’ 

Jaime was a volunteer at The Friendship Initiative, a local project where she acted as a ‘buddy’ for special needs children. 

Nicholas Dworet is the other student who was confirmed dead on Thursday. 

His swimming coach confirmed his death and said he had a bright future ahead of him. 

I just sent her to school and she was shot and killed  

Mother of victim Alyssa Alhadeff

Friends described him as a ‘fine young man’. 

TS Aquatics said in a post about his death: ‘He was not only a good swimmer but a good person.

‘A happy young man who embodied the values of our program. 

‘Nick, you have touched every member of the team one way or another and will be missed.’ 

Dworet was preparing to go to the University of Indianapolis where he had won an academic scholarship. 

He had hopes of attending the 2020 Olympics to represent his country in the swim team and was in a long-term relationship with a college student in Florida.  

Alaina Petty and another girl who was injured but not killed belong to the same church.

Alyssa’s mother shared the news of her death on social media. 

Hero teachers Scott Beigel, 35, (left) and Chris Hixon, 49, (right) were killed shielding students

‘My Daughter Alyssa was killed today by a horrific act of violence. I just sent her to school and she was shot and killed. 

‘Alyssa was a talented soccer player, so smart, an amazing personality, incredible creative writer, and all she had to offer the world was love. 

Aaron Feis, 37, died acting as a human shield 

‘She believed in people for being so honest. 

‘A knife is stabbed in my heart. I wish I could of taken those bullets for you. I will always love you and your memory will live on forever. Please kiss your children, tell them you love them, stand by them no matter what they want to be. 

‘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!’ she said. 

Three heroic male teachers also died shielding students from the bullets. 

They are athletic director Chris Hixon, coach Aaron Feis and geography teacher Scott Beigel. 

Cruz, 19, stormed Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Wednesday afternoon armed with an assault rifle. 

As well as the 17 confirmed dead, at least 50 were injured.

Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said Cruz was a former student at the school but had been expelled for unknown ‘disciplinary reasons’ last year.

Devastated survivors went to a community center on Thursday to receive counseling 

A teenager sobs into the arms of another survivor on Thursday after the shooting 

Other students flocked to the Parkland Baptist Church for support and to grieve

Other brave survivors at the baptist church where a vigil was held on Thursday 

There wa san enormous media presence outside the school on Thursday as lawmakers addressed the tragedy 

Tyra Hemans, a senior at the school, brought protest signs calling for stricter gun laws 

Cruz was armed with at least one AR-15 rifle and had ‘multiple magazines’ when he stormed

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