The University of Connecticut has sent a posthumous letter of admission to the family of a student killed in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
UConn officials say they learned through news reports that 14-year-old Alex Schachter had dreamed of going to the university. He was one of 17 people killed Feb. 14 in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
UConn admitted the young trombone player as a music major after learning about his passion for band.
“We were touched by his love for music and for his love of UConn,” wrote Nathan Fuerst, the school’s director of undergraduate admissions, in a handwritten note of condolence that accompanied the formal letter of acceptance. “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.
Alex’s late mother and a cousin both attended UConn, his uncle, Paul Goldberg, told the Sun Sentinel newspaper.
Alex’s father, speaking to reporters Tuesday in Tallahassee, thanked the school.
“Alex loved UConn,” he said. “He wore a UConn sweatshirt every day to school. I told him, ‘Alex, you don’t have to wear this sweatshirt. You wear it every day. You have all these other sweatshirts.’ He said, ‘Dad, I’m not taking it off.'”
Here is the poem written by Alex Schachter only two weeks before he was senselessly murdered in the Parkland school shooting. May his memory be a blessing. “He decided to write about roller coasters, because Alex loved roller coasters,” his father Max said. “He wasn’t writing about his life and had no idea his poem would become his future.” dailybuzztv.com
Josh Gad sent his support and love to his family friend Max Schachter after the bereaved father read a poem by his son Alex, who was killed in the Parkland, Fla. school shooting.
Watching our family friend #maxschachter read his son Alex’s poem tonight is almost too much for me to bear. Max, we are all with you. We love you. Your strength is incredible. Your son’s poetry is light in this darkness. #alexschachter
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) February 22, 2018