Football coach Aaron Feis killed protecting students in Florida high school shooting

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Football coach Aaron Feis is among the 17 dead in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., which began Wednesday afternoon when a gunman arrived on the campus wielding an AR-15 assault rifle. Nikolas Cruz was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder on Thursday, the day after opening fire with a semi-automatic weapon at the school.

According to the school website, Feis graduated from Douglas back in 1999, and he eventually joined the football staff as a coach in 2002.

"He opened the door for [a student] because the shooter was right behind her, and getting into the room he tried to block all the students and ended up getting shot but he locked the door", one student said. He died a hero during a senseless tragedy.

"I don't know about the incident yet or what actually his performance was but I know Aaron personally", Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said in reflection of his friend killed.

In a GoFundMe page created in his name before he succumbed to his injuries, a former member of Feis' team recalled the coach as selfless mentor.

"Big ol' teddy bear ..."

"It's hard to be AD and a coach but he did it because he just loved it so much", May said.

"He took pride with working with those guys", May said. "Without him I never would have gotten through the beginning years of high school football".

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In Parkland Thursday night, Fred said that his family is "broken", and said that children need to understand that "when you look at us parents like we are insane, like we are trying too hard to protect you ... just remember it's because we love you, and we never want to go through the tragedy of losing you". He added: "I love brother Martin you'll be missed buddy".

When the Boward County Sheriff's Office arrived at the scene of the shooting, they say Cruz had concealed himself in the crowd of students running out of the school after the shots were fired.

He served as head coach of the JV team for eight seasons.

The college announced Thursday that the senior was among those killed in the mass shooting at his high school. "Always gave his all to making us better", lineman Gage Gaynor said.

The school's football account issued a statement on his passing early Thursday morning. Aaron Fies, YOU ARE A HERO.

Former student Angelica Losada recalled how Feis was always kind to her during her time at the school, per Business Insider.

Carmen Schentrup - Friends of the teen confirmed her death on social media.

Feis, 37, was survived by his wife and daughter, Fox News reported.

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