You don’t truly understand a tragedy until you learn the precious lives that were lost, and you don’t understand the pain until you hear from their helpless loved ones.
Hundreds gathered at a candlelight vigil to comfort one another and grieve together as a community. One father emotionally breaking down, saying, “She was supposed to be safe. My job is to protect my children.”
Seventeen precious lives were lost and stories of heroism have emerged. Assistant Football Coach Aaron Feis selflessly shielded students from the gunman’s bullets. Former Student Kamrie Bazal says, “If it would be anybody, it would be Feis. Feis just… he loved everybody, he loved people, he was just sweet, you know?”
And geography teacher Scott Beigel died while trying to hide students in a classroom. Friend and Student Kelsey saying, “Mr. Beigel was my hero and he will forever be my hero. I will never forget the actions that he took for me.”
The young victims had dreams and aspirations that, sadly, will never be realized. The mother of 14-year-old Alyssa Alhadeff, Lori, has a message for the president, “President Trump, you say what can you do? You could stop the guns from getting into these children’s hands. Put metal detectors at every entrance to the schools. What can you do? You can do a lot!”
Parkland is an affluent community with a nice quality of life and low crime. This community struggles to come to grips that a crime of this magnitude could happen here.
Bazal says, “You see these people every single day for four years and then now it’s just… they’re gone, it’s just crazy.”
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced the state of Florida will pay for the funerals of these victims and a secure Go Fund Me account has been established to help the families of these victims.