Marjory Stoneman Douglas athletic director and wrestling coach Chris Hixon was one of the 17 people killed during yesterday's school shooting.
Yesterday afternoon, 19-year-old gunman Nikolas Cruz embarked on a shooting rampage at Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Cruz had once been a student at the school.
When the carnage was over, 17 people were dead and more than a dozen others were injured. It is one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history.
Among those senselessly gunned down was 49-year-old Chris Hixon, the Douglas High School athletic director. Hixon, who had previously been the AD at South Broward, leaves behind a wife and a special needs son.
In 2007, Hixon was deployed to Irag as a Naval Reservist.
Hixon is the second member of the Douglas athletics community to pass away in the attack. Assistant football coach and security guard Aaron Feis was killed as he shielded students from the gunfire.
Feis graduated from Douglas High School in 1999 and returned to coach at his alma mater in 2002.
May both of these men rest in peace.