A poet silenced, a brother missed
On the morning of Valentine’s Day, he walked into school with flowers and a plan for a date with his girlfriend.
He was a supportive brother, thoughtful friend and beloved son, known for his loyalty. He was a brilliant writer, authoring beautiful love poems and thought-provoking short stories. He was proud of his Venezuelan heritage, his skills on the basketball court, and his diverse taste in music.
Joaquin Oliver, 17, was shot and killed on Feb. 14, 2018, in a hallway outside his creative writing class at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. He drew his last breath in the place where he found his friends, his love and his education.