UConn Gives Posthumous Admission to Florida School Shooting Victim

The University of Connecticut has sent a posthumous letter of admission to the family of a student who was killed in the mass shooting at a Florida high school.

UConn officials said they learned through news reports that 14-year-old Alex Schachter had dreamed of going to the university and often would wear a sweatshirt with the school's logo.

He was one of 17 people who was killed on Feb. 14 in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.


UConn said it admitted the young trombone player as a music major.

“It is with great sorry that we must extend our condolences for the loss of your beloved Alex. We were touched by his love for music and for his love of UConn,” Nathan Fuerst, the assistant vice president for enrollment and director of admissions, said in a letter to Alex’s family.

“Given the overwhelming accounts of his unwavering character and musical talent, it is our honor to extend Alex the enclosed offer of admission. Alex will always be remembered and for us, forever a UConn Husky.”

Spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz said the university hopes the gesture provides a small measure of comfort to Alex's family and friends.

The U.S. Military Academy posthumously admitted 15-year-old victim Peter Wang, who was a member of the Junior ROTC at Douglas High.

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