Aaron Feis, beloved football coach and school security guard at Stoneman Douglas high school died shielding and defending a group of students from Florida gunman on Wednesday. He was among those 17 people that passed away during the shooting at the Stoneman Douglas school.
Officially, Aaron Feis died of gunshot wounds, he was 37 years old.
It is with Great sadness that our Football Family has learned about the death of Aaron Feis. He was our Assistant Football Coach and security guard. He selflessly shielded students from the shooter when he was shot. He died a hero and he will forever be in our hearts and memories pic.twitter.com/O181FvuHl3
— MS Douglas Football (@MSDEagles) February 15, 2018
Aaron Feis was a father to beautiful daughter and was a cherished husband. Aaron built a great reputation at Stoneman Douglas, he loved his job and was prized by students. He helped coach the offensive line for both the junior varsity and varsity teams, along with being the campus security monitor.
“He selflessly shielded students from the shooter when he was shot. He died a hero and he will forever be in our hearts and memories.” The Stoneman Douglas football team said about their fallen coach.
A female student told the story to a local news channel saying that Feis stepped between a group of students and the gunman. He then pushed the students out of harm’s way and was shot multiple times, which led to his death.
Sheriff on coach killed in shooting: "When he was killed — tragically, inhumanely — he did it protecting others. You can guarantee that, because that's who Aaron Feis was." https://t.co/ZJHV3G6Paw pic.twitter.com/jal26bjYoZ
— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 15, 2018
A press conference was held on Thursday by Scott Israel, the Broward County Sheriff. Israel said that he knew Aaron Feis personally and had two sons on the team that he was coaching.
“I don’t know when Aaron’s funeral is, I don’t know how many adults are gonna go, but you’ll get 2,000 kids there,” Israel said. “The kids in this community loved him. They adored him. He was one of the greatest people I knew. He was a phenomenal man.”
“And I don’t know the specifics yet, but I can tell you what. When Aaron Feis died, when he was killed tragically, inhumanely, he did it protecting others, you can guarantee that, because that’s who Aaron Feis was” said Israel.
Our angel hero has arrived!! ? ?? pic.twitter.com/cXn2w0cdhZ
— MS Douglas Football (@MSDEagles) February 17, 2018
The gunman will be charged with 17 different counts of premeditated murder. He had access to ten different weapons, but mostly used the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.
The weapons, along with pre-loaded ammo was packed into a duffel bag, which he walked onto campus with after being dropped off at the school via an Uber.
Continue to pray for all those who were lost during this senseless act of violence.
A GoFundMe page has been created to help the Feis family.
Click the link below.
R.I.P Aaron Feis.