Peter Wang, a member of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps who had dreams of going to the United States Military Academy, died in a school massacre Wednesday. He was 15.
He was of Chinese descent and was born in Brooklyn, New York. His family moved to Miami-Dade County when he was a little boy. His family was planning a Chinese New Year feast for Thursday.
The freshman was proud of his training with the JROTC program and talked about his desire to go to West Point after graduating from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. A gunman, authorities identified as Nikolas Cruz, ended that dream with a rifle.
When Wang's parents were searching for him after the shooting, they learned some students last saw him holding the door to help others to escape the rampage. Authorities arrested Cruz and reported 16 other victims died of gunshot wounds.
Wang's parents and two younger brothers survive him.
This BBSNews article originally appeared on News | WPLG.