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Aztec High Shooting

December 14, 2017

          On December 8th of 2017, Aztec High School was struck with a tragedy. Located in Aztec, New Mexico, Aztec High was the target of a school shooting. Devastatingly, two of Aztec’s students were killed, but those were the only victims reported. The two victims were Casey Marquez and Francisco Fernandez. Marquez was the captain of the cheerleading team, and Fernandez was one of Aztec’s football players. The shooter himself ended up dying as well, but it is unknown whether it was a suicide or not. The shooter’s identity has not been released, and the only detail known is that he was male. The shooting happened around 8 A.M. on Friday morning, which is when the police were called, and authorities from the close town of Farmington were sent. Governor Susana Martinez has said that there were many courageous acts made by students, teachers, and staff that prevented more tragic deaths. One of these people is Katie Potter, who was a substitute at Aztec on the day of the shooting. Potter reportedly sheltered 17 students in her classroom, stopping any of them from being killed. When the students were scared for their lives, Potter calmed them by telling them they would all be okay. Countless other people at Aztec were also heroes that day, and it’s impossible to know how many other victims there would have been without their presence at the school. The Sandia Community, and all of Albuquerque stands with Aztec High during this horrifying event.

 

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