The tragic events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Coral Springs, Florida have left the world in shock. The heartbreaking event left 17 dead and countless others injured.
Among the fatalities was Peter Wang, a 15-year-old freshman who aspired to become a world-famous culinary chef. He was described to be a happy, caring person who went out of his way to cheer people up.
When the gunman open fired at the student body, Peter selflessly helped the other students as he held the door for them to safely flee from the building. Even if it ultimately cost him his life.
His cousin Aaron Chan saw him last holding the door for his classmates, wearing his grey ROTC uniform. He didn’t know that it would be the last time he would see his cousin alive.
“He wasn’t supposed to die. He was supposed to grow old with me.” — Aaron Chen
He’s survived by his parents and two younger brothers.
His parents, who aren’t fluent in English, broke down in tears when their neighbors and friends conveyed the message that their beloved son had sacrificed his life for his fellow students.
A Go Fund Me page has been set up for people to grieve and raise money for a Peter Wang Memorial Fund, which will completely be donated to the school’s ROTC program.
The memorial fund raised $16,092 of their $15,000 goal in 3 days. Peter’s family and friends conveyed their deep gratitude to everyone who supported their cause.
“Thank you, everyone, for your support. The Wang family greatly appreciates everything you folks have done. Thanks for sharing and thanks for your donations.” — Chino Loeng
The suspected shooter, Nikolas Cruz, was apprehended by police and is currently being held without bond. And while everyone waits to see the outcome of the case, the world mourns for those that were lost.