Another coach at Stoneman Douglas High School who should have been armed.
Chris Hixon was remembered as a loving father and husband, a veteran who was twice deployed to the Persian Gulf, an athletic director and wrestling coach who worked tirelessly for his athletes and ultimately, as a hero who died trying to save students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
It was at the Parkland school on Feb. 14 that a gunman opened fire, killing Hixon and 16 others. Another 16 people were injured in the shooting.
On Wednesday morning, hundreds of Douglas students — many wearing the maroon, silver and white jerseys of their respective sports teams — joined Hixon’s family and members of the Broward County schools community, filling every corner of Nativity Catholic Church in Hollywood for a 75-minute funeral Mass that preceded Hixon’s burial at South Florida National Cemetery in Lake Worth.
“Just as we pray for Chris’ soul and his family, we pray for you,” the Rev. David Zirilli told the young mourners at Hixon’s funeral, before turning his attention to Hixon’s family, specifically, his son, Corey. “All of the people you see, we’re here because of you. We want you to know we are with you. You should be very proud of your dad. You were so lucky to have him. … When his students were in trouble, he didn’t run away. He wanted to protect those children. And he did.”