PARKLAND, Fla - Seventeen lives destroyed in a place which we expect to be safe.
Family and friends are sharing stories and memories to help us understand all who've been lost:
There was the new U.S. citizen, a boy in the junior ROTC and a beloved coach, who died so children could live.
Without him, some kids wouldn't be able to hug their parents last night and say mom I’m alive.
The 19-year-old accused gunman is now on suicide watch in the Broward County Jail after his first court appearance.
Investigators say Nikolas Cruz took an Uber to the school he once attended, armed with an AR-15 rifle he hid in a duffel bag.
After seven minutes of terror, police say Cruz slipped out with innocent students, he went to Wal-Mart and McDonald's before a patrol officer spotted him.
But for all they know about Wednesday’s massacre, what investigators still don't know is "why?”
Not that it would offer any comfort to a school and community wracked with grief.