Tuesday 24 April 2018

American football coach ‘died a hero’ as he tried to protect students

Aaron Feis spent his entire coaching career at Marjory Stoneman after playing there as a student.

Students are evacuated from the shooting scene (Sun Sentinel/AP)
Students are evacuated from the shooting scene (Sun Sentinel/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

An American football coach who also worked as a security guard is among the dead in a school shooting that claimed 17 lives in Parkland, Florida.

The football programme at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tweeted that assistant coach Aaron Feis died while selflessly shielding students.

The tweet ends: “He died a hero and he will forever be in our hearts and memories.”

The team website said Mr Feis graduated from the school in 1999 and worked mainly with the junior varsity and that he lived in nearby Coral Springs with his wife and daughter.

A former student is charged with using an AR-15 to kill 17 people at the school. Mr Feis spent his entire coaching career at Marjory Stoneman after playing there as a student.

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