Student of Caribbean-American descent among 17 victims killed at Parkland high school

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According to reports obtained by the Jamaican Consulate in Miami, one of the victims of the tragic mass shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday, February 14 was the child of Caribbean Americans parents.

Helena Ramsay, 17, a student at the high school was confirmed by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office as one of the 17 killed by a 19-year old gunman who opened fire on students and school staff. Her mother is reported to be Jamaican and her father Trinidadian.

Helena, a resident of Coral Springs, was scheduled to begin college next year. A family member, in post on Facebook referred to, called her a “smart, kind hearted and thoughtful person.”

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“Though she was somewhat reserved, she had a relentless motivation towards her academic studies, and her soft warm demeanor brought the best out in all who knew her. She was so brilliant and witty, and I’m still wrestling with the idea that she is actually gone.”

The 16 other victims of the mass shooting were identified along with Helena as:

Venezuela-born Joaquin Oliver – 17

Alaina Petty, 14

Jamie Guttenberg, 14

Cara Lougren, 14

Martin Duque, 14

Alyssa Alhadeff, 14

Gina Montalto, 14

Alexander Schachter, 14

Peter Wang, 15

Luke Hoyer, 15

Carmen Schentrup, 16

Nicholas Dowret, 17

Meadow Pollock, 18

Scott Beigel, 35

Aaron Feis, 37

Christopher Hickson, 49

 

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