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#UPDATES: Shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County, Florida - 14 Feb 2018

Discussion in 'Crimes' started by Kimster, Feb 14, 2018.

  1. Paradise

    Paradise Media Mod

    @spike Beautiful piece on Carmen.

    Parkland School Shooting
    'She was going to change the world,' family says of slain Stoneman Douglas student
    Carmen Schentrup, 16, remembered as a driven student, loving daughter

    Posted: 1:00 PM, February 18, 2018 Updated: 1:00 PM, February 18, 2018

    PARKLAND, Fla. - Carmen Schentrup was one of 17 people killed Wednesday in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Her family released the following statement:

    Our hearts go out to all the families who must endure this excruciating pain with us. As we attempt to bear our part of this incomprehensible tragedy, we want to share a glimpse about our beloved daughter Carmen.

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    While many people considered Carmen mature beyond her years (she recently joked people had been asking her how she liked college since she was a freshman), she was still a kid at heart. She was silly, playful, and huggable. As parents, we loved that she never outgrew our hugs and would hug us before she went to bed. We miss her hugs.

    Carmen was funny, in witty and novel ways. When she got on a roll, we’d laugh until tears rolled
    down our cheeks. We miss her making us laugh.

    Carmen was strong. When she was 12, she had major surgery that resulted in four metal rods
    sticking out of her leg for months. She never once complained about it and never attempted to hide the scars. Not one to pass up a good joke though, she would often come up with funny stories about her scars, like when she said she got them “running with the bulls”. We miss her strength and courage.

    Carmen loved a good story and devoured books, routinely reading over 100 per year. Like most
    teenagers, she also enjoyed TV and movies, especially sci-fi, fantasy, and comedies. We miss her stories.

    Carmen was artistic and loved music. She enjoyed drawing and visiting art museums. She played piano, violin, guitar, and sang in our church choir. We miss her filling our home with music.

    Carmen was a dreamer. A couple of years ago she dreamed of visiting Germany, so she spent a year teaching herself the language. Last summer, she planned our family vacation to Germany and played the role of translator and guide. We miss seeing her make her dreams come true.

    Carmen was dedicated and accomplished. As a student, she was quite literally a “straight A” student and a National Merit Finalist (Carmen never knew this. Her award letter arrived the day after she died). Earlier this month, she was accepted into the University of Florida Honors program and was exuberant to begin her college experience. She wanted to become a medical scientist and discover a cure for horrible diseases, like ALS. She was going to change the world.

    Carmen was blessed to have great friends. Friends who enjoyed one another’s company and stayed true to themselves. The kind of friends that, in our family’s hour of need, scoured the local hospitals searching for our little girl and stayed with us until our worst fears were confirmed. Their kindness is beyond measure.

    To our dear Carmen, you are a bright, beautiful, young woman bursting into the world. You are an amazing daughter, sister, and friend. You fill our lives with loving memories that we will always cherish. You are a gift from God and into His arms you return. May His divine embrace now hug you so very tenderly where we cannot. We love and miss you dearly.

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  2. daisy7

    daisy7 Member Supreme

    Emma is my new hero :)

  3. Paradise

    Paradise Media Mod

  4. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member

    Emma is a very brave young lady...
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  6. spike

    spike Bronze Member

    It sickens me that following such a lovely piece about Carmen there has to be the
    politicalization of this horrendous event
    to promote gun control.

    Shame on you.
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  7. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member

    Florida student: They told us: 'Hands up. Drop anything in your hands.'

    I was at school and anxious to leave for the day. The bell was supposed to ring in about 10 minutes. Then the fire alarm went off. The whole class was sort of skeptical about the alarm, thinking it was a prank or an accident. Half of my class walked outside, and everyone made sure they had their phones.
    Then we saw two security guards and they said get back inside now. So we ran back and we heard firecracker-like noises. We had been told about a month ago that we were supposed to have an active-shooter drill with the police shooting blanks. So we thought this was the drill.
  8. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member


    Student journalist interviewed classmates as shooter walked Parkland school halls

    David Hogg found himself living a nightmare on Wednesday, hiding in a closet with classmates as a crazed gunman roamed the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, unleashing a torrent of bullets on students and teachers.
    Huddled in the dark, trying to keep quiet to avoid the gunman, students called their parents to tell them in hushed voices that they loved them.
    "That's kind of around the same time that I just had to pull out my phone," Hogg, a 17-year-old student journalist, told CNN in a phone interview Friday.

    "It was sheer terror," Hogg said of that moment, but he quickly recognized it as one that needed documenting -- if not for him to report, then for survivors and lawmakers to understand how desperately the country needs to implement reforms to prevent yet another mass shooting.
    He started interviewing those closest to him in the cramped space, who told him how terrified they felt.
    "I want to show these people exactly what's going on when these children are facing bullets flying through classrooms and students are dying trying to get an education," he told CNN's Alisyn Camerota on Thursday. "That's not OK, and that's not acceptable and we need to fix that."
  9. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member

    I don't want this thread to become political, that can be discussed in the PL forum. I didn't feel Emma talking about how she feels about what has happened to her, her friends and her school is political. The trauma Emma has been through, as well as everyone else that has been touched by this is just heartbreaking. So that's the reason I left up the video of Emma speaking, she is part of this terrible terrible thing that has happened to these children and their families.

    Gun control can be discussed in the PL forum. This thread is for the children and families touched by this.
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  10. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member


    Teachers say Florida suspect’s problems started in middle school, and the system tried to help him

    The real problems started at least as early as middle school and quickly intensified. There were the vocal outbursts, disturbing drawings of stick figures with guns, constant disciplinary issues. There were threatening statements written on his homework and scrap paper, including a reference to killing President Barack Obama, saying he should be “burned alive and eaten.”

    Some teachers banned Nikolas Cruz from their classrooms at Westglades Middle School because of his erratic behavior. One teacher said he was barred from bringing a backpack to the school and that security personnel had to search him to ensure he didn’t have weapons. Teachers were very concerned about him and were working to get him help.

    “Looking in his eyes, he just looked like there was a problem,” said a teacher who worked with Cruz in sixth grade and spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic. “His behavior in class wasn’t constantly wrong, but every once in a while, it was. He would just spew something out of his mouth that was inappropriate.”

    Several teachers who knew Cruz in middle school said in interviews that he was an increasing behavioral challenge for the school system and appeared to be on a troublesome path. In the years before he would allegedly carry out one of the worst mass shootings at a school in U.S. history, Cruz faced a long string of escalating disciplinary measures throughout his academic career for insubordination, profanity, disruption, fighting and assault.

    “I can say I was so uncomfortable around him, I did not want to be alone with him in my classroom,” said one former teacher, who also spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic. “That is how disruptive his behavior was.”
  11. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member

    A Stoneman Douglas High family says goodbye to its daughter with smiles, tears, anger
    More than a thousand friends and relatives said goodbye to Jaime Guttenberg Sunday, orange ribbons pinned to their black mourning clothes, rebellious sparks of life in a dark sea of grief.
    “We don’t move on, we move forward,” Rabbi Jonathan Kaplan told the mourners. “We keep focused on how Jaime lived, not how she died.”
    Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/broward/article200854019.html#storylink=cpy
  12. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member

    First Two Funerals Held For Victims Of School Massacre
    Anguish and sorrow are giving way to anger Friday as the families of some of the 17 people killed in the Florida school massacre begin to do the unimaginable — bury their children.

    The first two victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting were laid to rest on Friday two days after the massacre.

    Fourteen year old Alyssa Alhadeff and 18-year old Meadow Pollack were buried not far from each other at the Star of David Cemetery in North Lauderdale.
  13. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member

    For School Shooting Suspect, Main Question Is Life Or Death
    A lifetime behind bars or a death sentence.

    The evidence against the Florida school shooting suspect is so overwhelming, the only question left for the courts if he is convicted is whether he will be sentenced to death or spend the rest of his life in prison.

    The fate of 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, who faces 17 counts of first-degree murder in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, will depend on his mental state and the wishes of the victims’ families, which have a say in how the prosecution proceeds.

    Broward County Public Defender Howard Finkelstein, whose office is representing Cruz, said there were so many warning signs that Cruz was mentally unstable and potentially violent that the death penalty might be going too far. Finkelstein said Cruz would likely plead guilty if prosecutors opt not to seek the death penalty.
  14. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member


    Friends petition for military funeral for Stoneman Douglas student hailed as hero
    Friends of a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student killed in Wednesday's mass shooting have started a petition for him to be buried with full military honors.

    Witnesses said 15-year-old Peter Wang, a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadet, was shot and killed while ushering others to safety. Peter died in his JROTC uniform, witnesses said.

    His friend filed the petition on the government's We the People site. If the petition receives more than 86,000 signatures, it will get a response from the White House. As of Sunday morning, the petition had more than 14,000 signatures.

    “I want people to know that he died a hero, that he died saving many people,” said classmate and friend Aiden Ortiz.

    Another classmate, Rachel Kuperman, said Peter was a selfless person. The last time Rachel saw Peter was on Tuesday at school -- a day before the massacre.

    "I forgot my lunch that day and he went to the vending machine with me and he bought me Sprite and candy and snacks. He put others before himself," Rachel said.
  15. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member


    Parkland school shooter makes first live appearance in court

    Shackled and wearing a red jump suit, school shooter Nikolas Cruz made his first live appearance in a Broward County circuit court five days after he walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High and fatally shot 17 people in the worst school shooting in Florida history.

    Cruz, a slightly built teen, did not say anything and never looked up at the crowd from his seat at the defense table. It was a tense atmosphere — Cruz was surrounded by Broward Sheriff’s deputies as media members and other lawyers watched from the gallery.

    He is facing 17 counts of premeditated murder and could face the death penalty. The Broward County Public Defender’s Office, which is representing Cruz, has already said he will admit guilt and is hoping prosecutors waive execution as punishment.

    After his arrest last week, Cruz made a first court appearance via closed-circuit television from a detention facility. He was held with no bond.

    The hearing Monday revolved around a court document Cruz’s attorneys filed under seal late Friday before another judge. The Broward County Public Defender’s Office on Monday morning asked that the motion filed with the court “be stricken” from the record because what the office was seeking “was moot.”

    Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer, at an afternoon hearing, ruled that the motion dealt with a “limited” issue involving the defense team’s “access” to their client. Prosecutors said they would seek to unseal the record.

    A lawyer representing the media tried to participate in the hearing but Broward deputies refused to allow her to approach the court or speak.

    Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article200922344.html#storylink=cpy
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  16. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member

    Loved ones remember Luke, the Parkland victim who loved basketball and chicken nuggets
    On the last day of his life, Luke Hoyer found a Valentine’s Day card and some of his favorite chocolates sitting by his bathroom sink. He called downstairs, “Thanks, Mom.”

    When his mother, Gena Hoyer, dropped her 15-year-old son off at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that morning, she told him, “I love you, Lukey Bear.”

    “I love you too, Mom,” he said.

    Luke, a freshman, was among the 17 victims in the school shooting that day. At his celebration of life on Monday, Pastor David Hughes of the Church By The Glades highlighted the love in that final conversation

    “The fact that your last exchange was that was a gift,” he told Luke’s mother and the crowd of more than 100 that gathered to honor the slain teen.

    There are no words that will help Luke’s loved ones heal, he said, but “I think we’re taking the first few fragile steps out of that darkness.”

    Before the ceremony began, photos of Luke’s life flashed on twin projector screens: Luke as a young kid posing with his dog, both wearing matching sunglasses; Gena Hoyer grinning and holding up her birthday cake-smeared toddler; his Dad, Tom Hoyer, proudly cradling his newborn son on his chest.

    Basketballs, a nod to Luke’s favorite pastime, were everywhere — in childhood photos, near the sign-in sheets and near his flower draped casket.

    Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/broward/article200943479.html#storylink=cpy
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  17. Imamazed

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    School shooter's past includes buying guns, cutting, slurs and mental illness

    Nikolas Cruz made a brief appearance in court for a procedural matter Monday, shortly after a law enforcement source told CNN that the 19-year-old school shooter obtained 10 rifles in the last year or so.
    Cruz purchased two weapons from Gun World of South Florida in Deerfield Beach, said Kim Waltuch, the store's CEO. She would not provide details on the types of guns he purchased or on the time frame, but said the sales followed normal protocol for Florida firearms purchases.

    As investigators work to track Cruz's other gun purchases, students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School say they're determined to ensure that the deaths of their 17 classmates and teachers bring change. They've promised action in the wake of the massacre, and they're headed to Tallahassee, Florida, to speak to legislators about school safety and gun control this week. They have school walkouts and a march scheduled in the coming weeks.
    Meanwhile, Anthony Borges, 15, continued his recovery. He's one of four patients who remain hospitalized after Wednesday's massacre in Parkland, Florida. He was shot five times, according to the Broward County Sheriff's Office.
    On Sunday, the teen remained in a bed, his face swollen and his body tethered to IV and oxygen tubes.

    Sheriff Israel was honored to visit Anthony Borges, 15, in the hospital today. His family shared that Anthony was shot five times in Wednesday's school attack. Fortunately, he is recovering -- but has a long road ahead with more surgeries needed. Please join us in praying for the swift recovery of Anthony and all the other victims of this horrific criminal act.
  18. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member

    Parkland victim Alaina Petty remembered for her humor and devotion to others

    When Alaina Joann Petty was 6 years old, her father took her to the movies to see “Furry Vengeance,” a comedy about a group of wild animals that band together to stop greedy real estate developers.

    But even though she was just a little girl, Alaina’s sarcastic sense of humor was already in bloom. Instead of siding with a cute raccoon that blocks traffic during a scene in the film, her dad said Alaina shouted out to the screen, “Just run him over!”

    The anecdote provided a brief moment of laughter to the more than 1,500 relatives, friends, students and Junior ROTC members who gathered at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Coral Springs on Monday morning. They assembled to celebrate the life and legacy of Petty, 14, one of the 17 students and teachers murdered during last week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

    Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/broward/article200986114.html#storylink=cpy
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  19. Imamazed

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    Florida school shooting: Judge orders social service records for Nikolas Cruz released

    A judge ordered the release of a state investigation into allegations of abuse and neglect in the home of Nikolas Cruz, accused of killing 17 people in last week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

    “If there were shortcomings,” Broward Circuit Court Judge Charles Greene said Monday, “the public has the right to know.”

    The report would normally be kept confidential, but Greene said, Cruz by "his own actions” waived that right to privacy. The State Attorney’s Office did not object to the records’ release.

    “This case has been publicized not just throughout the state or throughout the country,” Greene said of the massive public interest, "but throughout the world.”
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  20. Imamazed

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    School shooter may get inheritance — and be ordered to spend it on legal bills

    Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz appears to have been in line for a sizable inheritance. He’ll never get to spend it — expect perhaps on defense attorneys.

    The amount could be enough to compel a judge to order him to hire a private lawyer rather than be represented by the tax-payer funded Broward County Public Defender’s Office

    The Public Defender’s Office, which now represents Cruz for now, asked a judge late Tuesday to help figure out exactly how much money will be at Cruz’s disposal. His mother died in November. Cruz told a family he was living with that he had an $800,000 trust fund, most of which he would receive in two years.

    Assistant Public Defender Diane Cuddihy, in the court filing, asked the judge to “determine whether the defendant is indigent.”

    Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article201203404.html#storylink=cpy
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