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Alaina Joann Petty

Age 14

Parkland, Florida

Remained selfless until her last breath

After hours of sweating in the South Florida sun, her resolve to volunteer for Hurricane Irma victims never wavered. She dedicated her time not for the recognition, but for the knowledge that she was helping others.

She was strong-willed and determined, yet bubbly and bright. She had an enduring devotion to her JROTC class, and she wasn’t afraid to express her opinions or think outside the box. Her friends and family remember her love of crime shows, her dogs, Spanish music, and her country.

On Feb. 14, 2018, Alaina Joann Petty, 14, was shot and killed in her English class at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

By Rebecca Schneid · Age 17
Meet the Reporters

More than 40 community volunteers

Ta Quan Pinkney

Bright future; gone too soon

Kenwon Parker

A wide receiver, almost sweet sixteen

Jayvone J. Shackelford-Bishop

Friends together like Lilo & Stitch

Dontae Rodruis Drew

Always told mom he loved her

DaVonte Friedman

A bullet blocked his community activism

Yudjy Farly Cherubin

Youth deacon never will preach again

Caleb Logan Butts

Teen’s death left teachers, classmates heartbroken

Karlonzo A. Taylor

Teen dreamed of becoming a veterinarian

Erin Carey

Dreamer, football player, mentor, tragic death

Jaraius Terrell Gilbert Jr

Community helper, passionate athlete, American tragedy

Antonio Malik Douglas

Mom issues plea: End gun violence

Dorian Damiquez Harris

Joyful boy loved to smile, laugh

Sandra Parks

Her dream, deferred. Her life, gone.

JeQuan M. Strozier

Basketball court dedicated to former player

Tihami Ayaz

Active light in community flickered out

Alexa Denice Montez

Her father’s “greatest gift,” he said

Isaiah Starry

Active life. Lively community. Broken bonds.

Aric Whaley

He helped his neighbors shovel snow

Zachary Anthony Segura

One heart stopped. Another one begins.

Helena Freja Ramsay

A quiet person, an extraordinary soul