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A football coach was hailed a hero after he died from using his body as a shield in order to protect a student during the massacre that happened in a high school in Florida.
The football coach was Aaron Feis. He was shot dead as he attempted to stop Nikolas Cruz, the gunman, from killing students at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that is located in Parkland.
Feis was taken to the hospital in a critical condition. He later died because of his injuries.
On Twitter, school’s football team said that “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.”
Feis was the assistant coach of the team. He also worked as a security guard for the school, where he was also a former student.
The head coach of the team, Willis May, informed the Sun Sentinel that Feis had responded to a call regarding the shooting on the security radio of the school. He said that someone had reported about loud bangs and asked whether they were firecrackers.
May informed the Sun Sentinel: “I heard Aaron say, ‘No, that is not firecrackers.’ That’s the last I heard of him.”
Former and current footballers for the team of the school paid tribute to Fei hailing his bravery. He had a wife and a young daughter.
On Twitter, Will Pringle, a varsity player, wrote on Twitter: “Can’t believe the news, the most selfless and caring man I’ve met.”
Tyler Goodman stated: “The Stoneman Douglas Community has lost the most loving and caring man in this universe. I love this man with all my heart. I love you coach you’ll always be my main man.
“This man deserves a medal for his heroic actions… he deserves it all, he is the most humble man I’ve ever met.”
Chris Hixon, one of the colleagues of Feis and the athletic director of the school, was also reportedly shot during the Florida massacre. His condition was not clear.
Fifteen people were reported to killed at the scene, and two others died in the hospital following the shooting spree. At least 18 other people were also injured, some are in critical condition.
Some students have shared how they managed to hide under desks and how teachers barricaded the classrooms after Cruz started to open fire, sending hundreds of students running into the streets
The gunman is reported to have triggered one of the fire alarms in order to make the students and staff go out of their classrooms, before unleashing bullets using a semi-automatic weapon.
Worried parents hurried to the school to find ambulances and SWAT teams around the campus and some emergency workers treating some of the wounded people on sidewalks.
The gunman was equipped with smoke grenades, a gas mask, and numerous magazines of ammunition.
The gunman was then arrested by the local police following a brief manhunt after the attack. The massacre is one of the deadliest shootings in the history of the United States of America.
It was revealed that he was previously expelled from the school because of unspecified “disciplinary reasons.”