During the Parkland school shooting last week three Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) cadets were killed as a result.
Now the U.S. Army has awarded the Medal of Heroism to each slain student: Alaina Petty, 14, Peter Wang, 15, and Martin Duque, 14.
This medal is awarded to cadets whose performance “involved the acceptance of danger and extraordinary responsibilities.” Each one was awarded to the families of the slain students during their memorial services.
According to reports Nikolas Cruz was also a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School JRTOC cadet.
Wang reportedly held the door open for fellow classmates to escape to safety and was then gunned down. Fellow students said he was “so funny, caring and selfless,’’ and his older cousin said he was a very brave person.
Petty’s mother, in the same report, said she was “excited to be part of the female color guard team and every day she would come home and tell me all the fun things she had learned.”
Duque’s brother, Miguel, memorialized him on a GoFundMe page as “sweet, affectionate and loved by his entire family. But above all else, he was my little brother.” The Miami Herald also reported he was an avid football fan and a regular churchgoer.