Teacher shot while saving Florida students laid to rest
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Teacher shot while saving Florida students laid to rest

At funeral, Scott Beigel’s fiancée recalls him saying if he were ever killed in a school shooting, she shouldn’t talk about ‘hero stuff’

Pallbearers carry the casket of Scott Beigel, geography teacher from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, after a funeral service at Temple Beth-El on February 18, 2018, in Boca Raton, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP)
Pallbearers carry the casket of Scott Beigel, geography teacher from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, after a funeral service at Temple Beth-El on February 18, 2018, in Boca Raton, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP)

Funerals were held for three more Jewish victims of the shootings at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Hundreds of family, friends, students, and colleagues on Sunday attended the funeral of teacher Scott Beigel at Temple Beth El in Boca Raton, Florida, that was live-streamed on the synagogue’s website.

Mourners leave after attending the funeral for Scott Beigel, geography teacher from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, after a funeral service at Temple Beth-El on February 18, 2018 in Boca Raton, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP)

Beigel, 35, a geography teacher and cross-country coach at the school, saved students’ lives by opening his classroom door and ushering the students in. He was shot while closing the door behind them.

He reportedly told his fiancée, Gwen Gossler, whom he met at Pennsylvania’s Camp Starlight where they had both worked as counselors seven years ago, that if he ever was the victim of a school shooting, she should not talk about the “hero stuff.”

They had been watching news coverage of a similar school shooting on television at the time, she said during the funeral.

Scott Beigel (Bonnie Mann Falk/Facebook via JTA)

The Sunday funerals for first-year students Jamie Guttenberg and Alex Schachter were moved to a Fort Lauderdale hotel to accommodate more than a thousand mourners, according to reports.

The funeral for Alex Schachter, 14, who was a member of his school’s marching band, was closed to media. The Miami Herald reported that remembrances at the funeral “focused on his love for movies, his humor and his passion for the high school’s marching band, in which he played trombone,” as well as the secret ingredients in his special smoothie.

From left to right, February 14, 2018, Florida school shooting victims: Alex Schachter,
Jaime Guttenberg, Meadow Pollack, Scott Beigel and Alyssa Alhadeff. (Images via JTA)

The teen’s family set up a GoFundMe page in his memory to fund a scholarship program to “help other students experience the joys of music,” as well as fund increased security at schools.

Mourners who attended Jamie Guttenberg’s funeral on Sunday wore orange ribbons in her memory, which stood out against their black mourning clothes, according to the Miami Herald. Orange was her favorite color.

This undated photo provided by Abbie Youkilis shows her niece, Jaime Guttenberg. (Abbie Youkilis via AP)

Rabbi Jonathan Kaplan in his eulogy tried to answer the question of where was God during the attack. He said: “God is in the teachers who protected them. God is in the first responders who went in that day. God is in the police who raced to the school, and God is in the families who waited. … God is in the people, all over the world, who sent condolences.”

Funerals were held on Friday for Alyssa Alhedeff and Meadow Pollack.

A program from the funeral of Alyssa Alhadeff at Star of David chapel in Parkland, Florida, on February 16, 2018. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP)
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