One Year Later: In Memory Of The 17 Lives Lost In Parkland
Healing is a process.
It doesn't happen overnight, in one month, or even one year—and the people of Parkland know this.
It has been one year since the tragic mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the tragedy that took the lives of 17 students and faculty.
One year since Parkland, a place once dubbed the "safest city in Florida" by the National Council for Home Safety and Security, became the center of international news.
One year since the tragedy that sparked the March for Our Lives and #NeverAgain movements; nationwide rallies; mental health conversations; and millions of humans uniting to stand in solidarity with Marjory Stoneman Douglas and Parkland.
One year since Parkland survivors began advocating for stricter U.S. gun laws, implementing voter registration drives and spearheading marches and movements.
One year since people's lives were changed forever.
In memory and honor of the 17 souls lost, but never forgotten:
Alyssa Alhadeff, 14, was an ambitious soccer player who was as talented academically as she was on the field. She was known for her spunky and bright personality.
Martin Duque Anguiano, 14, was passionate about his church and soccer. He was an avid "Star Wars" fan and an active member of Stoneman Douglas' JROTC. He was posthumously awarded the U.S. Army's ROTC Medal for Heroism, the highest medal in the service.
Scott Beigel, 35, had just started his first year as a geography teacher and cross country coach at Stoneman Douglas. He spent 28 summers at Camp Starlight in Pennsylvania, evolving from a camper to a counselor.
Nicholas Dworet, 17, was a champion swimmer known for his dedication to the sport. He had won a scholarship to the University of Indianapolis, and he was the captain of the Stoneman Douglas swim team.
Aaron Feis, 37, was an MSD assistant football coach, security guard and alum who was adored by students. He selflessly shielded students from gunfire on Feb. 14, 2018.
Jaime Guttenberg, 14, was a lifelong dancer who was a member of Dance Theatre’s Extreme Team in Parkland. She was passionate about children with special needs and volunteered for Best Buddies International, and she aspired to become a pediatric physical therapist.
Chris Hixon, 49, was an athletic director and wrestling coach at Stoneman Douglas. He won the Broward County Athletic Association's Athletic Director of the Year in 2017.
Luke Hoyer, 15, was a basketball player with hopes of becoming a quarterback for Stoneman Douglas' football team. He was a major sports fans; his favorite teams were the Miami Heat and Clemson University Tigers.
Cara Loughran, 14, took pride in her Irish heritage and pursued her love for Irish dancing at Coral Springs’ Drake School of Irish Dance. She loved the beach and the color purple.
Gina Montalto, 14, had many passions. A Girl Scout who loved reading and art, she was also an active member of Stoneman Douglas' Color Guard, played flag football and soccer, and she even drew for a local magazine.
Joaquin Oliver, 17, enjoyed sports (he played basketball and soccer), the Miami Heat and music. His friends affectionately nicknamed him "Guac."
Alaina Petty, 14, loved helping others and was actively involved in community service, her youth group and Stoneman Douglas' JROTC program. She was posthumously awarded an ROTC Medal for Heroism.
Meadow Pollack, 18, was a senior planning to study at Lynn University in Boca Raton. She adored her family, exercising and had goals of becoming an attorney.
Helena Ramsay, 17, loved music, nature and travel; so much so that she wanted to study environmental science abroad. She was an active member of MSD's United Nations Model Club and First Priority Group, a Christian club.
Alex Schachter, 14, played trombone and baritone for the Stoneman Douglas orchestra and Eagle Regiment Marching Band. He was posthumously accepted into University of Connecticut's fine arts program as a music major when the school discovered his love for the university.
Carmen Schentrup, 16, had dreams to become a medical researcher and find a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. She was an avid reader who loved to sing, listen to country music and play violin and piano.
Peter Wang, 15, was a hero who held a door open for others to escape during the shooting. He was a big fan of the Houston Rockets and basketball. A member of Stoneman Douglas' JROTC program, he was posthumously awarded an ROTC Medal for Heroism and aspired to attend the U.S. Military Academy. He was also posthumously admitted to the school's class of 2025.