"It'll never be Valentine's Day for us," April adds. Three years ago, when defense attorneys said the gunman would plead guilty for a life sentence without parole, Michael B. Schulman whose son, geography teacher Scott Beigel was one of three staff members killed wrote an op-ed for the South Florida Sun Sentinel calling for prosecutors to accept the plea. Carmen was one of 17 students and staff killed in that Valentine's Day shooting, and over the past year, the Schentrups have formed a tight bond with the other Parkland victims' families. For Philip Schentrup, whose daughter Carmen was among the students killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., each day brings the same, sharp pain. Robert Schentrup, whose 16-year-old sister Carmen was killed in the shooting, opposes the death penalty altogether. This weapon will fire as quickly as you can pull the trigger, Broward prosecutor Mike Satz told jurors during his opening statement. They have to prove that there are 17 murders and 17 attempted murders, Ms. Levine said. They talk about their views with family members who are gun owners and NRA members, and admit that those conversations can be painful. The officer who transported Hixon gave a statement saying that Hixon died on the golf cart en route to the triage area but I could be wrong. "Since February 14, this is every day. She was the student whose body was visible in the the highly circulated photo/video that showed the students being evacuated from room 1213. The bathroom doors were locked due to students vaping so he couldn't get in. Was killed near instantly but was also shot (possibly postmortem) in the chest, arms, and possibly the head again according to family friend Jesse Pan. Alexander Dworet: Whose brother Nicholas was killed by Cruz, was grazed on the back of the head by a bullet. Satz again asked about the significance of the high-powered bullets. Some of the relatives of those murdered, listening in court, grimaced, shook their heads or put their hands to their faces as he explained the internal damage caused by the bullets. The more the Schentrups learned, the angrier they got. ", Her voice breaks as she continues: "I heard what they were saying, but I didn't want to hear what they were saying.". Wondering if you can possibly find it or more unleaked videos. ", Evelyn Schentrup wears a sweatshirt designed by students involved with the March for Our Lives organization. 2/21/2001 - 2/14/2018. He was struck twice in his right leg, once in his left leg and twice in his torso. On Thursday, jurors also heard about Cruzs nonchalance after he escaped from the school. Since they didnt do what was needed then, let the court get it right this time, she wrote. The other half was diagonally across from the window, in complete view. On March 24, the Schentrups will travel to Washington, D.C. for March for Our Lives, a protest calling for stricter gun regulation. Their view, however, is not unanimously held. But when I said it, it didn't sound right," April says. When he fell over I fell over with him. Carmen Schentrup was a high school senior, one week shy of her 17th birthday, when she was shot and killed in her AP psychology classroom. The Schentrups have traded the palm trees of southern Florida for snowy mountain views outside Seattle. She was 16. Did you encounter any technical issues? The same search for answers that don't come. It's all of the above. After Carmen was killed, Philip recalls what he heard from a close relative: "'Sorry, but this is the way it is. Cruz fired 139 rounds of 5.56-and-.223-caliber bullets during the rampage. ABOUT Carmen. Carmen died one week shy of her 17th birthday. It would be 12 excruciating hours before an FBI agent finally confirmed to the Schentrups that their daughter was among the 17 dead. If they do, the judge can decide to follow the jurys recommendation or sentence the gunman to life in prison. It was these intellectual arguments that were most convincing for him personally, Schentrup said. Peter Wang (3rd floor hallway, west end): Was killed by a shot to the head/brain while holding a door open to the stairwell on the third floor in order to let students fleeing escape down the stairs. Carmen was 15. Died on the golf cart en route to the triage center set up outside the school. Jamie Guttenburg (Just inside 3rd floor stairwell): Shot in the back through the spinal cord. Alyse Young for NPR I just can't be here.' ", Across The Country, Students Walk Out To Protest Gun Violence. Helena Ramsay, 17; Alexander Schachter, 14; Carmen Schentrup, 16; . She doesn't want to remember her that way, but instead as the genuine and intelligent girl she was. hide caption. Many have indicated they support the death penalty, a stance underscored by the raw and painful testimony parents and other family members gave during the trial, detailing how the killers actions had robbed them not only of their children and loved ones but also their futures and all the memories that would have been made. "The only thing more he could have done to signal his intent was to buy a billboard on [I-]95 and put a billboard up there, because he was telling people all the time that he wanted to go do bad things. Carmen was a week away from her 17th birthday when Cruz fired his semiautomatic rifle into her AP psychology class. 6:39 PM EDT, Mon October 10, 2022. Would this have been Hixon? Carmen Schentrup died February 14, 2018 in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida. Melisa Block/NPR It makes sense that most of the wounded were shot in the arms or legs. And maybe, maybe you'll be able to see her then. It's definitely not easy. In making their case for death, prosecutors have argued the shooting was calculated and premeditated, while the shooters defense attorneys have called for a life sentence, presenting evidence of his troubled upbringing at home and in school and developmental difficulties he displayed throughout his life. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________. I had to look deep into my values and say, is this something that connects with it? Her parents, Philip and April, speak with soft wonder as they share memories of their daughter, who showed she was gifted from an early age. On Monday, Nikolas Cruz's defense team was found guilty of killing 17 people and injuring 17 others in a fatal shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018, and began to submit his case. We wanted to speak up.". April says when she tells people where they moved from, "They'll say 'Ohhhh! "And some days, you know, it's true. Was shot in the 3rd floor hallway but managed to make it a few steps into the 3rd floor stairwell before dying. Some of the relatives have said they would not comment publicly for the duration of the trial. Also on Friday, jurors saw the spent AR-15 magazine clips found on the scene. "But we hope for them.". In various places. And, as they explain during my visit, they want to share their "hard story" in hopes it will spark some positive change. The family moved mostly for Philip's job; he works for a tech company based in the Pacific Northwest. We want to see them grow up to be happy and healthy. All the information is accurate, so I dont get why. ", "Yes, whether you call him crazy or just evil, he's the guy who pulled the trigger. We want to make it an academic debate, because then we don't have to feel the pain and suffering of others. Carmen pushed herself to do her best in school, piano, and learning new things, such as German. Trials of gunmen who have killed so many people in mass shootings are extremely rare, because they have almost always died during the attack. Ten. "It's not fair that she's not with us," Jacqueline said. Alex Schachter (Room 1216): Shot in once in the chest and in once in the head. Robert Schentrup Mar 05, 2018 University of Central Florida Julie Halpert February 14: Valentine's Day. "You can say it's the man sure," Philip says. And if so, live through that.. Feis was critically injured when he threw himself between the shooter and his students, his body taking the bullets that had been meant for them. Jurors are expected to begin deliberating in the gunmans trial this week, almost a year after he pleaded guilty to 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder, to decide whether to recommend he be sentenced to death. Following the sentencing of Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz, 24, to life without parole for his massacre of 17 people (14 children) in 2018, parents of the young victims came forward to blast the decision to spare him the death penalty. In Alainas case, she was shot four times. It felt like all those 11 bullets were hitting my own body, she said. The nature of a death-penalty trial requires documenting brutal crimes in painful detail, even when the defendants guilt has never been in doubt. The Schentrups' children are involved, too. Very quickly, news started spreading that there had been a shooting at her daughters' high school. And then I couldn't stop crying. Carmen was in the top of her class, her brother said, and was accepted to the University of Floridas honors program and was also accepted to the University of Washington. Whether it's feel, whether it's call, whether it's knock on doors, whatever it is, that they just do something. Also it could be that whoever originally stated he was shot in the back of the head (report came from one of the officers who evacuated Coach Hixon) saw the back of the head wound and mistook it for an entry wound when it couldve been an exit wound actually. Late in the night, she received a devastating phone call from the sister of one of Carmen's classmates. . The dark day was February 14, 2018, and even after 4 years of what happened people still cannot forget the horrific day. Some shook their heads in anger or disbelief, others sat with their eyes closed, looking crushed. The only thing in front of me was Nicholas Dworet. "But schools aren't taking it seriously. Several months ago, April Schentrup kept that urn close by, nestled at her feet, as she flew across the country to the family's new home. Peter Wang Allen Breed / AP Peter Wang was. For a few weeks after their daughter Carmen was murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018, a week shy of her 17th birthday, April and Phil Schentrup could barely. Carmen Schentrup was a 16-year-old student who attended Stoneman Douglas high school. While son Robert remained in Florida to attend college, the rest of the family moved to Washington state. Politicians on both sides of the aisle expressed their condolences to the families and victims of Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting Tuesday on the tragedy's fifth anniversary. Schentrups personal stance puts him at odds with many of the victims families, including his own parents, who told CNN in a statement the death penalty is the right punishment for their daughters murderer. Carmen died one week shy of her 17th birthday. "I think part of me just broke," April says, weeping as she recalls that moment. Updated "I felt like I had to do something to help the families in whatever way I could.". Hell also lose his Lamborghini, Motorcyclist launched from bike when his girlfriend hits him with truck, Florida cops say, A man went in for kidney removal. How the gunfire from a semiautomatic rifle boomed inside a classroom under attack. Anybody have links to the videos OP references? Unfortunately, we never got the chance to do that.. With Carmen's death, I was initiated into a club no one ever wants to joinparents who have had their child taken from them by gun violence. At the Parkland Trial, Families Must Endure Grisly Evidence on Repeat, https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/29/us/parkland-school-shooting-trial.html. And they have seen autopsy photographs of almost all of the victims, most of whom were shot more than once. Gina Montalto (1st floor hallway, east end): Multiple gunshot wounds to legs/torso. She recalls the family's frantic search for information: calling friends, sending out messages on social media, driving from hospital to hospital searching for Carmen. Philip, a tech executive, remembers coming home one day when Carmen was about three to find her holding a book. The teen was shot eight times and would have stayed alive for a short time. It was around dismissal time on a routine school day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when the horror began.. A 19-year-old gunman walked onto the campus of the school in Parkland, Florida, armed with what police say was a military-style semi-automatic rifle and countless magazines, and killed at least 17 people. from CNN: Some people are just sad he's not with us anymore. Carmen was a beautiful, caring, talented, smart, and witty 16 year old. But hes not confident his own position will prevail in jurors minds, telling CNN he believes the sentence will be death. Joaquin Oliver (Alcove of 3rd floor men's bathroom): Was initially shot in the knee and hand and crawled over to the bathroom to try and hide. ", April always wears bracelets in honor of Carmen and the 16 other victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The day of the Parkland shooting, April Schentrup was at the nearby elementary school where she is the principal. They blow up like a snowstorm, he said of the bullets, which left large exit wounds. This subreddit is not meant to glorify mass killers, but rather to discuss and attempt to understand their behavior. The Parkland trial is expected to continue into the fall, and victims families will soon have a chance to address the jury. This Thursday, one year after the shooting, the Schentrups will be at their new home, outside Seattle. Cara Loughran (Alcove of Room 1249): Shot 5 times (locations unknown). (In a grim irony, Alaina who wanted to join the military and had joined the schools Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps program herself liked shooting the same weapon.). "Just laying there still and there. It sounded promising, like a way to make real change. hide caption, Carmen skipped a grade early on, and her parents say she never lost her strong sense of self-determination. The class split in half. Im very into the details of this case as you are. "I went close to get a better gauge and she wasn't moving and she was just laying there," she said. Carmen was a 16-year-old senior. ", "It's unimaginable, but I think we need to imagine it," April says. Although we won't know until or if the autopsy reports are released, Ms. Schentrup was probably hit in the liver or perhaps the diaphragm. But the horrifying particulars, conveyed in emotional witness testimony, chilling audio recordings and dispassionate forensic accounts, are impossible to avoid altogether: How a teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tied a baby blanket around a wounded students arm as a tourniquet. The gunman shot out a window in the class door. "I think I even tried 'I have one in college, and one here with me, and my other one is in heaven,' " she continues, through tears. Anyone can read what you share. Reporters have viewed the graphic evidence at the end of each days hearing in court. This year's anniversary comes in the wake of the court's decision to spare the shooter, 24-year-old Nikolas Cruz, from the death penalty, charging him with life in prison without parole for 17 counts of first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted murder, to which he pleaded guilty. As a subscriber, you have 10 gift articles to give each month. The damage is very significant.. Was seen gasping for air (possibly indicating a lung(s) was punctured); she died after a few minutes before EMS entered the room. Still, Schentrup is not alone in his stance against the death penalty: Michael B. Schulman, whose son, geography teacher Scott Beigel, was one of three staff members killed, wrote an op-ed for the . The witness said specifically: "the woman on 911 asked me to standup and see if I saw anymore and I said there was a boy hanging over his desk with blood dripping out of his head and he was like hyperventilating and trying to catch his breath and then all of a sudden he stopped and went limp." Still, Mr. Schentrups position which he described as shaped by his religious upbringing and by survivors of the Charleston, S.C., church shooting in 2015, who preached forgiveness is so unusual among the Parkland victims families who have spoken about the trial that his parents have publicly disagreed with him. Such is the nature of capital punishment: Pursuing a death sentence, even against a defendant whose guilt has never been in doubt, requires putting a community that has already survived an unthinkable tragedy through more agony. Hixon's death impacted the entire community, as he was a mentor to many of his peers and students and a coach across several schools in Broward County, his wife said. "It was hard in the beginning, and it's still hard," she says, her voice trembling, "because we miss [Carmen]. hide caption. ", "So you put on this facade that you're OK, you're strong, you're going to get through this, you're a fighter," she says. I followed every movement of his body. How old are they? But they feel they can't stay silent any longer. "But again, it just didn't feel right. "You know, you could say 'Carmen's forever 16.' Since the video is blurry and doesnt focus on the body I could see how someone could mistake it for being someone else who died in the hallways (such as Joquain). A Jury Has Spared The Parkland Shooter From The Death Penalty. April, who worked as an elementary school principal near Parkland, Fla., now advocates for gun reform. This story was originally published July 22, 2022, 5:22 PM. Cruz walked up and shot Meadow 5 times in the back with the bullets passing through her into Cara which killed her. But she was like a lot of other teens, too, with a close-knit group of friends she would always hang out with, Schentrup remembered. On Friday, jurors and family members of victims heard from Associate Medical Examiner Dr. Iouri Boiko, who performed autopsies on a number of MSD students the day after the massacre, which killed 17 students and staff. "I see this as trying to make the world a better place for my kids who are still here," Philip says. For Nicholas Dworet, we definitely now know he was with the group that went to the more exposed corner. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, Pool). Then came the body cavity search, Massive Arctic creature spotted for first time in 25 years along coast of Scotland, Florida man gets 6 years for bilking millions in PPP loans. I think it could be either one of them tbh since we dont have a definitive answer right now. Was killed after running to the scene of the shooting in an attempt to neutralize Cruz. So typically, if you're not shot in the head, spine, or chest, you'll be ok? CNN Sans & 2016 Cable News Network. Carmen was 15. They. GoFundMe; Facebook, Joan Cox. Carmen Schentrup, 16, suffered five wounds, including a lethal shot to the brain. I then placed myself underneath his lifeless body. 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