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Coach dies after shielding students from gunfire in Florida school shooting

Posted: 7:33 AM, Feb 15, 2018
Updated: 2018-02-15 13:31:55Z

PARKLAND, Fla. —  A football coach who shielded students when a shooter opened fire at a Florida high school on Wednesday has died, the school announced.

A gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School killing 17 people and sending students running for their lives, according to the Broward County Sheriff.

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Assistant football coach and security guard Aaron Feis was shot while he shielded students from the gunfire.

"When I took my headphones off the alarm was going off and I heard the shots and then I saw the shooter run after Mr. Feis and I saw Mr. Feis get shot," a student told ABC News.

Feis succumbed to his wounds, the school announced on Thursday morning.

 

 

Feis was a graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, class of 1999, according to his bio on the school’s website. He spent his entire career at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, as a player and as a coach. He began coaching at Douglas in 2002, where he spent 8 years as the head coach of the junior varsity team. He later became a lineman coach for both the junior varsity and varsity teams at the school and worked as the school's college football recruiting coordinator.

 

 

The suspected gunman, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz , was arrested on Wednesday following the shooting and faces 17 counts of premeditated murder. He is being held in the Broward County Jail without bond.

Mary Stringini is a Digital Reporter for WFTS. Follow her on Twitter @MaryWFTS.