Mourners have gathered for the funeral services of a beloved geography teacher and two 14-year-old students who were killed in the Florida school shooting.
Teacher Scott Beigel, 35, was laid to rest in Boca Raton, Florida on Sunday, while services for students Alex Schachter and Jaime Guttenberg were held in a Fort Lauderdale convention center to accommodate thousands of mourners.
They were among the 17 killed in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Wednesday. Former student Nikolas Cruz, 19, has been arrested and charged with the murders.
Beigel helped students enter a locked classroom to avoid the gunman, and paid for the brave act with his life.
At a synagogue in Boca Raton, pallbearers solemnly carried Beigel’s casket, and the Long Island native’s fiancée Gwen Gossler, 32, eulogized him through her tears.
Like Alex, Jaime’s service was held later in the day Sunday at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Coral Springs.
Jaime, 14, has been described by relatives as a ‘kind-hearted, sweet’ girl. She attended the school with her younger brother who survived and rushed home afterwards.
‘I heard them all crying and I tried not to do it, but it was really sad,’ said Simcha Levy, who attended the funeral.
‘That could be you, she’s really close to my age,’ Levy said.
Over 1,000 people joined together to recite the Mourner’s Kaddish, a Jewish prayer for the deceased, at Jaime’s funeral, attorney Jeff Adelman said on Facebook after the funeral.
Meanwhile, students who survived the school shooting have continued to speak out loudly, saying that new restrictions on gun ownership are needed.
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Source: Daily Mail