Jim Harbaugh honors Aaron Feis, football coach slain in Florida school shooting
Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh paid tribute to the memory of Aaron Feis, an assistant football coach who was among those slain in Wednesday’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
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
Witness accounts state that Feis was murdered while heroically shielding students and pushing others to safety as alleged gunman Nikolas Cruz, 19, wielded an AR-15 rifle and open-fired. Seventeen have been confirmed dead in the massacre and as of Thursday morning, per CNN, 14 additional wounded victims are being treated at area hospitals.
Harbaugh tweeted out his tribute Thursday morning, hailing Feis as a “real hero.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends of Aaron Feis, a real hero, who stood up and gave his life for his students. The football community salutes Coach Feis.
— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) February 15, 2018
The sports world of course has provided a tremendous outpouring of support for the victims, families and others affected by this tragedy. Others have revealed just how much the massacre so troublesomely hits close to home.
As it stands as authorities sort through the aftermath of America’s latest mass shooting — this time once again occurring in our nation’s schools — Cruz is facing 17 charges of premeditated murder. He will make a court appearance Thursday at 2 p.m. ET at the Broward County courthouse, per a USA TODAY report.
Stories undoubtedly will continue to surface about the selfless and heroic acts made by those caught in the rampage. Feis without question is among those individuals whose bravery in a time of unimaginable chaos should never be forgotten.