Don’t forget the freshman who sacrificed himself to save his classmates from the Florida shooter

When Nikolas Cruz opened fire at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School this Wednesday, 15-year-old freshman Peter Wang was helping to usher his fellow students to safety.

Witnesses and news reports say that as Cruz was roaming the halls looking for victims, Wang, who was a member of the school’s JROTC program, “was holding a door to let other students out before him.”

Wang was one of the 17 people shot and killed by Cruz. Speaking to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, cousin Lisa Chen said he was was wearing his standard grey JROTC shirt on the day he was killed.

“He is so brave,” Chen said. “He is the person who is genuinely kind to everyone. He doesn’t care about popularity. He always liked to cheer people up. He is like the big brother everyone wished they had.”

From Task & Purpose:

Wang was one of several JROTC students who worked to protect their classmates during the shooting. Seventeen-year-old Colton Haab and his fellow JROTC members hid between 60 and 70 students with Kevlar sheets normally used as marksmanship training backdrops to shield them from gunfire.

According to relatives, Wang’s dream was to attend West Point Military Academy so he could be of “service to our country.”

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Sky Palma

Before launching DeadState back in 2012, Sky Palma has been blogging about politics, social issues and religion for over a decade. He lives in Los Angeles and also enjoys Brazilian jiu jitsu, chess, music and art.