Scott Beigel, 35 geography teacher who died saving students in Florida last week , was among the 17 who were killed during the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
Before suspect Nikolas Cruz open-fired at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Scott Beigel, gave his fiancée, Gwen Gossler, instructions for his funeral if he was to ever die in a school shooting.
The New York Post reported that during his funeral, which was held on Sunday, Gossler shared a conversation they had while watching coverage of a school shooting on TV.
“Promise me if this ever happens to me, you will tell them the truth — tell them what a jerk I am, don’t talk about the hero stuff,” she said her fiancé told her.
She added that since she fulfilled her promise to him, she can now “tell the truth.”
“You are an amazingly special person, You are my first love and my soulmate.’’
Student Kelsey Friend told ABC News’ “Good Morning America” Beigel unlocked his classroom door so students could come inside. As he was re-locking it so the students could stay safe, he was shot and killed.
“Mr. Beigel was my hero and he still will forever be my hero. I will never forget the actions that he took for me and for fellow students in the classroom,” Friend told CNN. “I am alive today because of him.”
In a heartbreaking message to his family, she turned to the camera and said: ‘I am alive today because of him. Thank you for bringing and having this amazing person in life and giving him the power to be stronger than I could have ever been.
‘He will be missed by me and multiple friends, his name with me will live on.’
She added that it was only his first year teaching at the school.
Scott grew up in Dix Hills and attended the University of Miami before going on to teach at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
He also coached the Stoneman Douglas cross-country team and was a counsellor at Starlight Summer Camp in Pennsylvania.