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West Point posthumously admits shooting victim Peter Wang to Class of 2025

U.S. Military Academy West Point is posthumously admitting Florida school shooting victim Peter Wang, who dreamed of attending the prestigious academy.

Wang could have been in the Class of 2025. The 15-year-old’s funeral is today.

West Point will confer a letter of admission, along with honorarium tokens, to his family, local West Point alumni Chad Maxey said.

Wang died in his JROTC uniform on Wednesday, holding the door open to allow others to escape, as gunman name redacted shot and killed 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, authorities and witnesses said.

Gov. Rick Scott directed the Florida National Guard to honor Wang and two other members of JROTC at their funerals.

Wang’s funeral began at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Kraeer Funeral Home, 1655 N. University Drive in Coral Springs. He will be laid to rest at Bailey Memorial Gardens in North Lauderdale.
     — Aric Chokey and Brittany Wallman


U.S. Army Awards Medal of Heroism to Three Junior ROTC Cadets Killed in Parkland Shooting

The U.S. Army has awarded the Medal of Heroism to three Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets who were killed during the Parkland, Florida, school shooting last week.

The Army presented the medal to the family of Alaina Petty, 14, at a memorial service on Monday, and will give it to the family of Peter Wang, 15, during his memorial service on Tuesday, the Daily Beast first reported. The family of Martin Duque, 14, will receive the medal on Saturday.

The Medal of Heroism recognizes cadets who display courage in actions that "involved the acceptance of danger and extraordinary responsibilities."

All three students were enrolled in the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. During last week's shooting there that killed 17 people, Petty, Wang, and Duque all worked to protect their classmates.
     — Haris Alic
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