Wednesday’s shooting caused by Nikolas Cruz left 17 dead. Today, the first victim from that shooting has been identified.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School athletic director Chris Hixon passed away after being shot by 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz. He was only 49 years old.
Reaction to his death struck those who knew him very deeply. Coral Springs High School athletic director Dan Jacobs told the Sun-Sentinel the impact he made on him.
“Chris is such a great guy,” he said. “Chris is probably the nicest guy I have ever met. He would give you the shirt off his back. He does so much. That is terrible that it would happen to anybody. It is so senseless. I am crushed. … I am totally crushed,” he said.
Cruz was a former student at the school who was expelled in the spring of 2017 and was not allowed on school grounds. Minutes before the students were to be released for the day, He stepped on campus with an AR-15 rifle.
“We were told last year that he wasn’t allowed on campus with a backpack on him,” teacher Jim Gard told The Miami Herald. “There were problems with him last year threatening students, and I guess he was asked to leave campus.”
Those who knew Cruz paint a grisly picture of a young man obsessed with weapons. Authorities were so concerned that they issued a warning about him stepping onto campus grounds with a backpack.
“All he would talk about is guns, knives and hunting,” said Joshua Charo, 16, a former classmate at the high school. “I can’t say I was shocked. From past experiences, he seemed like the kind of kid who would do something like this.”
Yet somehow he slipped under the radar since he had no previous arrests. The result is that Wednesday’s shooting now ranks as the third deadliest school shooting in American history, according to The Miami Herald.
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