Here Are the 17 Victims of the Tragic Shooting in Florida

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Posted: Feb 16, 2018 2:00 PM

Seventeen people lost their lives Wednesday in a tragic school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. A heroic teacher, an assistant football coach, and many, many beloved students were among the dead. Here is a list of the victims and their pictures.

Alyssa Alhadeff, a freshman soccer player, was among the victims of the horrific shooting Wednesday.

Her mother Lori wrote about her daughter in a heart-wrenching Facebook post:

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. She believed in people for being so honest. A knife is stabbed in my heart. I wish I could [have] 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!"

Scott Beigel, a 35 year-old geography teacher, died after being struck by a bullet while trying to lock the door to shelter students in his classroom.

One of his students, Kelsey Friend, told CNN “I am alive today because of him…He unlocked the door and let us in. I thought he was behind me but he wasn’t.”

Martin Duque Anguiano, a 14-year-old, was another victim.

His older brother Miguel posted a tribute to him on Instagram.

“He was a very funny kid, outgoing and sometimes really quiet,” he wrote. “He was sweet and caring and loved by all his family. Most of all he was my baby brother. My family and I have no words to describe the event that has happened on this date, all my prayers to the lost ones. My family and I will appreciate anything that we can get helped with. R.I.P Martin Duque.”

Nicholas Dworet was a high school senior and aspiring swimmer who had committed to joining the University of Indianapolis Swim Team in the fall.

University of Indianapolis President Robert Manuel said in a statement Thursday that the university will find ways to help Dworet’s family. 

“Nick’s death is a reminder that we are connected to the larger world, and when tragedy hits in places around the world, it oftentimes affects us at home,” he said.

Assistant football coach Aaron Feis is being remembered as a hero after he died shielding students from bullets Wednesday.

School spokeswoman Denise Lehtio told CNN, "he died the same way he lived -- he put himself second. He was a very kind soul, a very nice man. He died a hero."

Jaime Guttenberg, 14, was also among the victims. Her aunt wrote that her niece always looked out for kids who were bullied and she “probably had been kind to the student who shot her."

“My heart is broken. Yesterday, Jennifer Guttenberg and I lost our baby girl to a violent shooting at her school,” Jaime’s father, Fred Guttenberg, wrote on Facebook. “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 gets through this.”

Chris Hixon, the school’s athletic director and wrestling coach, was confirmed dead Thursday evening and many students remembered him fondly.

“Coach Hixon, for me, was a father figure,” Karlos Valentin, a senior heavyweight on the team told The Sun Sentinel. “We were pretty much with him six days a week – three-to-four-to-five hours. His loss was just terrible. I feel like I just lost an uncle.”

Another Broward County athletic director, Jason Stein, told the Sentinel that he feels for Hixon’s wife and special-needs son that he leaves behind.

“It is devastating,” he said. “His son was with him everywhere. Chris epitomized what an athletic director was all about.”

Luke Hoyer, 15, was confirmed dead Thursday by his grandparents. “He was a good kid. He never got into trouble,” his grandmother said.

Cara Loughran, a 14-year-old member of Drake School of Irish Dance, was among the victims of the shooting.

Baltimore Ravens running back Alex Collins, also a student of the Drake School of Irish Dance in South Florida, posted a tribute to Loughran. 

The school shooting yesterday hit home. The Drake School of Irish Dance is located near Douglas HS. We had three Irish dancers that attended Douglas. We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families, and their teacher Chrissy. Please pray for their families and the families affected by this tragedy. #DouglasHS #DrakeStrong"

Gina Montalto, a 14-year-old, was another victim. Her mother Jennifer wrote that she “will be missed by our family for all eternity” in a Facebook post.

“Our beautiful daughter, Gina Rose, was taken from us during the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School,” she said. “She was a smart, loving, caring, and strong girl who brightened any room she entered.”

Joaquin Oliver was another of the victims. He was a 17-year-old Venezuelan who had obtained his U.S. citizenship just last year.

Alaina Petty, 14, was remembered by her family in a statement Thursday.

We are heartbroken by the loss we feel in the tragedy that unfolded yesterday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Our hearts go out to the families of all impacted by this tragedy, and our prayers are for their comfort and healing. We wish to thank our family, friends and the community for the love and support demonstrated to our family.

It is impossible to sum up all that Alaina was and meant to her family and 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.

Meadow Pollack, 18, was described by family as a good student and the “baby” of her family with two older brothers.

“Everyone should know how great she was,” her cousin Jake Maisner, said. “She was a beautiful girl, inside and out.”

Helena Ramsay, 17, was described by her cousin, Jamie Page, as “a genuine, beautiful, and smart human being who had so much potential and the brightest future.”

Alex Schachter, a freshman trombone player, was remembered by Alexander Kaminsky who directs the bands at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

“He was fairly quiet,” Kaminsky told the Sun Sentinel, adding that he worked hard.

“The improvement I witnessed from him was admirable and inspiring,” Kaminsky said. “I felt he really had a bright future on the trombone.”

Carmen Schentrup, 16, was remembered by friends and family on social media. She was a National Merit Scholar semifinalist with a bright future.

Her cousin, Matt Brandow, said she was "the smartest and most intelligible 16-year-old I've ever met." 

Peter Wong, 15, was a member of the school’s ROTC program. His cousin Aaron Chen told the Miami Herald that he was last seen wearing his uniform “as he held open the door so others could escape.”

His best friend, Gabriel Ammirata, said Peter was “funny, nice and a great friend. He’s been my best friend since third grade.”