The Miami Dolphins organization has invited students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida to announce the team’s draft selections at next week’s NFL Draft.
According to an ESPN report, 18 seniors from the school, which was the site of a deadly mass shooting on Feb. 14 that claimed the lives of 17 people and injured more than a dozen others, are scheduled to participate in the announcements during rounds 4-7. The family of slain assistant football coach Aaron Feis has also been invited. Witnesses reportedly said Feis died shielding students from gunfire.
Head football coach Willis May told the Orlando Sun-Sentinel that Feis was one of the first to respond to a code red warning from the school’s security.
“I heard Aaron say, ‘No, that is not firecrackers,'” May said. “That’s the last I heard of him.”
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s athletic website says Feis graduated from Stoneman Douglas in 1999 and was hired as an assistant football coach in 2002. Feis also served as head coach of the junior varsity team for eight seasons, according to his biography on the site. He also acted as the school’s college recruiting coordinator. Feis, who reportedly lived in nearby Coral Springs with his wife and daughter, was 37.