Chinatown Honors Parkland School Massacre Hero Peter Wang

Posted on: February 21st, 2018 at 5:03 am by

A vigil was held yesterday afternoon in Kimlau Square to honor Brooklyn-born Peter Wang, who was tragically killed in the Parkland high school shooting last week. The gathering was organized by the United Fujian Association.

Wang was a cadet in the U.S. Army’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. When the teen gunman, Nikolas Cruz, walked into the school brandishing an AR-15 assault rifle, Wang, wearing his JROTC uniform, held open the classroom door so his fellow students could escape to safety. He sacrificed his life at age 15. Two other JROTC members were also killed in the massacre.

The Army reporetdly bestowed upon Wang a posthumous honorary certificate of acceptance to West Point, as well as the Medal of Heroism.

Peter Wang was born in Brooklyn to Fujianese immigrants.

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