Football Coach Fatally Shielded Students During School Shooting
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By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2018 2:54 AM CST
Updated Feb 15, 2018 6:51 AM CST
Law enforcement personnel arrest a suspect following a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Wednesday.   (WPLG-TV via AP)
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(Newser) – A heroic football coach fatally jumped in front of students to protect them during Wednesday's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, witnesses say. "Can everyone please take a second to pray for my coach today he took serval [sic] bullets covering other students at Douglas," tweeted junior lineman Charlie Rothkopf. Assistant coach Aaron Feis, who also worked as a security guard at the Parkland, Fla., high school, was among the 17 killed in the shooting, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Early reports said he was in critical condition, but Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Wednesday night that "a beloved football coach is dead." The football team tweeted early Thursday: "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." More on the deadliest high school shooting in US history:

  • Desperate searches. Other than Feis, police haven't disclosed the identities of the 17 dead and 16 wounded, and desperate parents seeking information on their children have turned to social media, where photos of their missing loved ones have been shared thousands of times, reports Local10. Some students shared updates on Instagram and Snapchat while sheltering from the shooter.

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