College students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive Faculty in Parkland, Florida are describing the capturing that left 17 individuals lifeless on Wednesday. Police say 19-yr-previous Nikolas Cruz opened hearth on college students and academics with a semi-automated weapon. (Feb. 15)

PARKLAND, Florida — An assistant soccer coach at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive Faculty died shielding college students from a gunman, who police say killed 17 and injured others on the south Florida faculty on Wednesday.

Aaron Feis, who additionally was a safety guard, “selflessly shielded college students from the shooter when he was shot. He died a hero and he’ll eternally be in our hearts and reminiscences,” stated a tweet from the varsity’s soccer group.

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Nikolas Cruz, an orphaned 19-yr-previous with a troubled previous and an AR-15 rifle, was charged with 17 counts of premeditated homicide Thursday morning after being questioned for hours by state and federal authorities following the deadliest faculty capturing within the U.S. in 5 years.

Fourteen wounded survivors have been hospitalized as our bodies have been recovered from inside and round Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive Faculty.

Simply earlier than the capturing broke out, some college students thought they have been having one other hearth drill.

Such an train had pressured them to go away their lecture rooms hours earlier. So when the alarm went off Wednesday afternoon shortly earlier than they have been to be dismissed, they as soon as once more filed out into the hallways.

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That is when police say Cruz, outfitted with a fuel masks, smoke grenades and a number of magazines of ammunition, opened hearth with a semi-automated weapon, killing 17 individuals and sending lots of of scholars fleeing into the streets.

It was the nation’s deadliest faculty capturing since a gunman attacked an elementary faculty in Newtown, Connecticut,…