Details have emerged of some of the 17 people killed in a shooting at a Florida high school – one of the deadliest in US history.
Of those, 15 died inside or nearby the school, while two died in hospital. At least 18 others were injured, some critically.
Although police are yet to name all of the victims, family and friends have taken to social media to post tributes to the dead.
The first victim of the attack was publicly identified as Aaron Feis, who “died a hero” after using his body to shield a student.
Mr Feis, an assistant coach on the school’s football team and a school security guard, was taken to hospital in critical condition and later died of his injuries.
It is with Great sadness that our Football Family has learned about the death of Aaron Feis. He was our Assistant Football Coach and security guard. He selflessly shielded students from the shooter when he was shot. He died a hero and he will forever be in our hearts and memories pic.twitter.com/O181FvuHl3
— MS Douglas Football (@MSDEagles) February 15, 2018
“It is with great sadness that our Football Family has learned about the death of Aaron Feis,” the school’s football team said in a statement on Twitter.
“He was our assistant football coach and security guard. He selflessly shielded students from the shooter when he was shot.
“He died a hero and he will forever be in our hearts and memories.”
Mr Feis, a former student at the school, responded to a call about the shooting on the school’s security radio, Willis May, the team’s head coach, told the Sun-Sentinel. He said someone had reported loud bangs and asked if they were firecrackers.
Mr May told the newspaper: “I heard Aaron say, ‘No, that is not firecrackers.’ That’s the last I heard of him.”
Mr Feis’ colleague, Chris Hixon, the school’s athletic director, was also reportedly shot during the massacre. His condition was unclear.
Jaime Guttenberg was confirmed to be among the dead after her parents issued an appeal on social media to try to locate her and her brother.
Her brother, Jesse, returned home safely.
“My heart is broken,” her father, Fred, wrote on Facebook. ”Yesterday, Jennifer 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.”
He asked for privacy, adding: “Hugs to all and hold your children tight.”
Ms Guttenberg’s Facebook page has since been turned into a memorial.
Both Gina Montalto and Jamie Guttenberg were part of The Friendship Initiative, and the group’s founder confirmed Gina’s death in a Facebook post.
“This is Jaime Guttenberg and Gina Montalto. Both these young girls gave their hearts and love as volunteers with The Friendship Initiative. They were the light and the joy for all of us. Our hearts are shattered because both Jaime and Gina were killed yesterday in the attack at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School,” Jeb Niewood, the group’s founder and president, said.
“Jaime and Gina were our angels on earth. Though our hands tremble and our eyes are filled with tears we remember our angels, Jaime and Gina and will keep them eternally in our hearts.
“We pray for the Guttenberg and Montalto families as we pray for all the kids, their families, teachers and first responders who were victimized by yesterday’s senseless violence.”
Many innocent souls were taken a few short hours ago. Among them we just got confirmation was my little cousin,” she wrote.
“My heart is broken not sure what i can even say I am at a loss for words.”
In a Facebook post, the football team she played for said: “Alyssa Alhadeff was a loved and well respected member of our league, club and community. Alyssa will be greatly missed.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and all the other victims of this tragic event.
“To Alyssa’s Friends honour 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!”
Nicholas Dworet, who had just received a swimming scholarship for the University of Indianapolis, was confirmed to have been killed in the attack by his aquatic team.
“It’s with a heavy heart that I/we have to announce that our family member, teammate, TS Aquatics swimmer Nick Dworet has passed away,” the team said on Facebook.
“He was an amazing person as well as a great swimmer. A happy young man who embodied the values of our program. A young man who had changed his life recently and was on a major up swing in his life.
“Nick you have touched everyone on TS Aquatics in one way or another, whether it was your smile, your jokes or your very positive attitude.”
Martin Duque Anguiano
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