Football Coach Died Protecting Students During Florida School Shooting

Football Coach Died Protecting Students During Florida School Shooting

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Aaron Feis shielded students from gunfire during yesterday’s mass shooting at a Florida high school

Details from the horrific Florida school shooting are continuing to emerge — and each piece of news is completely, devastatingly gut-wrenching. Assistant football coach and security guard Aaron Feis has been pronounced dead, after shielding a group of students from the shooter. A spokesperson from the school’s football team told CNN that Feis was a “kind soul…a very nice man…[and] died a hero.”

Feis was one of the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School yesterday when a former student stormed the campus and opened fire around the time students were being dismissed. “[The coach] sprinted with everything he had towards it to make sure everybody was safe, and I heard that he got in front of a couple people and shielded them, and he actually took the bullets for them,” one student told Fox News.

The high school’s football team announced the heartbreaking news on Twitter, saying that Feis “selflessly shielded students from the shooter” after he had been shot. “He died a hero and he will forever be in our hearts and memories,” the post read.

Tributes for this fiercely brave man have poured onto social media. Many Twitter users posted a picture of Feis, and said that they choose to focus their time and energy honoring him, rather than dissecting the shooter’s personal story. Amen to that.