A 15-year-old victim of Wednesday’s high school massacre in Florida held the door open for classmates as they fled the gunman before he was killed.
Peter Wang is one of the 14 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas school in Parkland, Florida, who were killed by gunman Nikolas Cruz.
Peter’s grieving cousin Aaron Chan was also in the school at the time and saw him holding the door for classmates, dressed in his grey ROTC uniform.
He carried on running and it was the last time he saw him alive.
‘He wasn’t supposed to die. He was supposed to grow old with me,’ Aaron told First Coast News.
His best friend Gabriel Ammirata told The Miami Herald he was a ‘funny, nice and great friend’.
‘He’s been my best friend since third grade,’ he said.
Peter’s parents, who are Chinese and can only speak Mandarin, struggled through the chaos on Wednesday by relying on neighbors and friends to translate for them.
They, like other parents, rushed to a hotel which was chosen by authorities as a place for parents who hadn’t heard from their children to gather and wait for news.
Heartbreaking photographs from the room show the families waiting in anguish to learn if their child made it out alive.
The other thirteen killed were Jaime Guttenberg, 14, Nicholas Dworet, a high school senior, Martin Duque, 14, Meadow Pollack, 18, Cara Loughran, Alaina Petty, 14, Joaquin Oliver, 17, Luke Hoyer, 15, Alyssa Alhadeff, 15, Gina Montalto, 14, Carmen Schentrup, Alex Schachter, 14, and Helena Ramsey, 17.
Track coach Aaron Feis, 37, geography teacher Scott Beigel, 35, and athletic director Chris Hixon, 49, were also all killed.
They all died heroes, protecting groups of children from the bullets.
Fifteen others were injured.
Gunman Nikolas Cruz is in custody and has been charged with 17 counts of murder.
His public defender Melissa McNeil offered him support on Thursday as he was arraigned and put her arm around him as he stood to face the judge.
She later told reporters outside the courthouse that he was remorseful: ‘He’s sad.
‘He’s mournful. He’s remorseful.
‘He is fully aware of what is going on, and he’s just a broken human being,’ she said.