The 14 student victims of Wednesday’s high school shooting have been named and pictured.
Jaime Guttenberg, 14, Nicholas Dworet, a high school senior, Martin Duque, 14, Meadow Pollack, 18, Cara Loughran, Alaina Petty, 14, Joaquin Oliver, 17, Luke Hoyer, 15, Alyssa Alhadeff, 15, Gina Montalto, 14, Carmen Schentrup, Peter Wang, 15, Alex Schachter, 14, and Helena Ramsey, 17, all died.
All were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida along with track coach Aaron Feis, 37, geography teacher Scott Beigel, 35, and athletic director Chris Hixon, 49.
Fifteen others were injured.
Jaime Guttenberg, 14, was described by relatives as a ‘kind-hearted, sweet’ girl. She attended the school with her younger brother who survived and rushed home afterwards. Senior Nicholas Dworet was a gifted swimmer who had his sights set on 2020 Tokyo Olympics success. His devastated college student girlfriend is among those grieving his death. Friends said he was not just a talented athlete, but a ‘good guy’ who will be missed.
Martin Duque, 14, was missing for hours on Wednesday and his frantic family desperately appealed for him to get in touch on social media. On Thursday, his older brother Miguel confirmed his death. Martin was a freshman. Meadow Pollack, 18, was preparing for college. Her father was at the school on Wednesday and showed her photograph around in the hope that she would be found alive.
Cara Loughran was missing on Wednesday afternoon. Her mother Denise and her father rushed to the designated hotel where parents were told to go to be reunited with their children in the hope that she would be found alive. Her grieving neighbor confirmed her death on Thursday. Alyssa Alhadeff, 15, (seen right) was eulogized by her mother who said she was a talented soccer player and creative mind. ‘All she had to offer the world was love… I just sent her to school and she was shot and killed,’ she said
Luke Hoyer (left), 15, was described as a ‘precious’ child by his grandparents who confirmed his death. They found out about the shooting on television. They said he was a ‘good kid’ who ‘never got in trouble’. Joaquin Oliver, 17, (right), was also killed. Joaquin was a Venezuelan immigrant who came to the US with his family for a ‘better future’, they said on Thursday
Gina Montalto, 15, (left) was described as a ‘light and joy’. She and Jaime, another victim, volunteered at a local project called The Friendship Initiative where they acted as buddies for children with special needs. Gina’s mother Jennifer shared pleas to find her on social media on Wednesday. Alaina Petty, 14, (right) was also killed. Her Mormon church confirmed her death, saying she was a ‘valiant’ member
Carmen Schentrup, 16, was also killed in the shooting. Carmen was a gifted
student who last year was named as a semifinalist in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. It includes students who score above average in their SATs or National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. ROTC student Peter Wang, 15, also died. His parents speak little English and relied on their neighbor to post social media appeals looking for him. They went to the Marriott hotel with other parents to wait for news of him on Wednesday night and have since confirmed that he was among those killed. One local woman said students had told her Peter held the door open for others while they fled
Alex Schachter, 14, was also killed. His mother died when he was a child and he attended the
school in Florida with his brother, who survived. The teenager’s father Max said he was a ‘sweetheart of a child’ who ‘just wanted to do well and please his parents’. Helena Ramsey, 17, was described by relatives as a ‘reserved’ and studious girl who was due to go to college next year
The students were named on Thursday by The Miami Herald. Police have not yet released an official victim list.
Gunman Nikolas Cruz, 19, is in custody and appeared in court on Thursday to be charged with 17 counts of murder.
Jaime’s death was confirmed by her grieving family on social media.
They paid tribute to her as a ‘kind-hearted’ and ‘sweet’ girl.
They had hoped she would return home from school along with her younger brother who survived. Their worst fears were realized later in the day.
Fred Guttenberg, her grieving father, gave a heartbreaking tribute to her on Facebook.
He said: ‘My heart is broken. Yesterday, Jennifer and I lost our baby girl to a violent shooting at her school. We lost our daughter and my son lost his sister.
‘I am broken as I write this trying to figure out how my family gets through this. Hugs to all and hold your children tight.’
Jaime’s cousin Alexa Saka shared her grief online, writing: ‘You grew up to be the most beautiful, kind-hearted, driven, funny and sweet girl.
Band member Alex Schachter, 14, was also killed.
His father Max told The New York Times on Thursday that he was an enthusiastic trombone player and a ‘sweetheart of a kid.’ ‘He just wanted to do well and make his parents happy,’ he said. Alex’s brother survived the shooting.