'We Want Their Names To Live On:' Hundreds Flock To Services Honoring Parkland Shooting Victims
As the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting are being remembered across South Florida this week, hundreds from the Parkland community came to remember 14-year-old Jaime Guttenberg on Sunday, as well as 15 year-old Luke Hoyer and 14-year old Alaina Petty on Monday morning.
Jaime was honored by hundreds at the Heron Bay Marriott Resort - the same hotel where law enforcement reunited parents and surviving students immediately after the shooting happened on Wednesday.
Her funeral service was originally supposed to be held at the Star of David Memorial Gardens Cemetery and Funeral Chapel in North Lauderdale, but it had to be moved to a bigger location.
Jaime's family members and Parkland's dancing community wore orange ribbons in her memory because she loved to dance.
Broward County Superintendent Robert Runcie also came to pay his respects.
Luke Hoyer loved basketball. He was finishing his fourth class of the day when the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School took place.
Hundreds gathered Monday to honor him at Church By The Glades, a Christian church in Coral Springs where he was a member.
The morning after the shooting, Thursday, Luke’s classmates said they will remember him for his spirit. Nick Patriarca was one of them.
“Really funny, always joyful,” Nick said about Luke. “Never a bad person. Loved everyone.”
Luke was like a brother to Marjory Stoneman Douglas freshman Seth Gegerson.
“I just want him to be remembered by us...have his name live on,” Seth said.
Fourteen-year-old Alaina Petty was also laid to rest Monday. She had been a member of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School's Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program, along with two of the other shooting victims.
Friends, classmates and loved ones came to honor her memory in Coral Springs at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.