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One year ago today, fourteen students and three staff members were shot and killed and seventeen more were injured in a horrific mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Today, we remember the victims, not the shooter. #NoNotoriety
Alyssa Alhadeff, 14, a high school freshman and captain of her soccer team, was described by her mother Lori as passionate, intelligent, and kind to everyone.

At her funeral, Lori told Alyssa’s friends: “Honor Alyssa...Be something fabulous in your life. Be her voice.”
Scott Beigel, 35, was an admired teacher & cross country coach who allegedly used his last breath to tell the shooter that the room was empty. There were at least 20 students in his classroom.

A friend said: “He was so unselfish with his talents & gifts. He made others better.”
Martin Duque, 14, was the kind of kid who befriended a struggling classmate in middle school: “He didn’t ask any questions. He just wanted to make me feel at home, loved and accepted.”

Martin was a JROTC member and is remembered by his family as sweet, caring, & funny.
Nicholas Dworet, a 17-year-old senior, had just accepted a swimming scholarship to the University of Indianapolis and had Olympic gold in his sights.

He is remembered as a positive, cheerful person who “believed he could accomplish anything as long as he tried his best.”
Aaron Feis, 37, was a beloved security guard and football coach. When the shooting began he ran into the building and put himself in the line of fire to protect students.

He was loving, kind, strong, patient and “the epitome of what a hardworking husband and father should be.”
Jaime Guttenberg, 14, was a competitive dancer who wanted to become a pediatric physical therapist.

Her father, Fred, says she loved to make people laugh, was a friend to everyone, and was “not somebody who put up with B.S.”
Chris Hixon, a 49-year-old husband & father, was the MSD athletic director & wrestling coach.

One of his wrestlers remembers that he “would bring us food for all our tournaments & take care of us like we were his own children & just watch over us, let us lessons.”
Luke Hoyer, 15, was the youngest of three siblings. He loved basketball, video games, chicken nuggets, and “anything sweet.”

His cousin described him as "Always happy, always smiling. His smile was contagious, and so was his laugh."
Cara Loughran, 14, was killed less than a week before her 15th birthday. She was a talented Irish dancer and an excellent student who loved going to the beach.

She is remembered by those who knew her as “a beautiful soul and always had a smile on her face.”
Gina Montalto, 14, was an avid reader, a Girl Scout, a church volunteer, a soccer player & a Color Guard member who "earned top-notch grades.”

After the shooting, her mother Jennifer remembered her as "a smart, loving, caring & strong girl who brightened any room she entered."
Joaquin Oliver, 17, loved soccer and was very close with his friends and family. He once wrote that his mother was his "rock."

The night before he was shot and killed, he used his first every paycheck to buy flowers for his girlfriend for Valentine’s Day.
Alaina Petty, 14, was a member of JROTC and spent her free time helping others; she helped rebuild areas of Florida after Hurricane Irma. After her death, she was was awarded the U.S. Army's Medal of Heroism.

Her family remembers her as “a vibrant and determined young woman."
Meadow Pollack, an 18-year-old senior, was the youngest of her family and had been accepted to Lynn University in Boca Raton.

She was cherished by her family, and they described her as “a beautiful girl, inside and out.”
Helena Ramsay, 17, loved cats and music. She was described by friends and family as a calming presence, kind hearted, thoughtful, brilliant, and witty.

When the shooter entered her classroom, Helena instructed her friend to shield herself with a book. Her friend survived.
Alex Schachter, 14, was a trombone & baritone player in marching band & orchestra.

His father said: “He loved to play basketball, play with his friends, play video games. Most of all just to be with his family. He idolized his big brother. And he just wanted to be a little kid.”
Carmen Schentrup, 16, was a straight-A student—her National Merit Finalist award came the day after her death.

She was a voracious reader, played instruments & also sang in the church choir. Her parents described her as "mature beyond her years” yet "still a kid at heart."
Peter Wang, 15, was a JROTC cadet who was always quick with a joke and eager to help.

He was holding the door open for fleeing students when he was struck by bullets. West Point, his dream college, granted him posthumous admission to the class of 2025 “for his heroic actions.”
As we remember the 17 futures stolen in Parkland one year ago today, we recommit ourselves to honor all gun violence victims and survivors with action.
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