Remembering Luke Hoyer, Parkland victim

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Editor’s Note: Since the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, which killed 14 students and 3 adults, students across the nation are not only calling for action but also honoring those who died. At Wahlert, each week we are honoring the victims by learning a little, about them during morning prayer. To give you a better idea of who these students were, we are also writing a short article to honor the people.

     On Feb. 14, a shooter entered the halls of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, killing 17. One of the victims was Luke Hoyer, aged 15.

    Hoyer was a freshman at MSD, and is remembered by many as a lover of basketball and video games. In fact, his family plans to remember him by participating in his favorite pastimes each year on the anniversary of his death.

    According to his friends and family, Luke was a quiet kid, but he didn’t need to say much to make everyone love him. At his funeral, Luke’s father, Tom, gave his eulogy, saying that Luke would’ve wanted to be remembered through laughter and joy, not tears.

    Luke is survived by his parents, Tom and Gena, and his two older siblings, Abby and Jake, as well as both sets of grandparents and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Luke was the youngest grandchild and youngest child in his family, so he is remembered as his family’s “Lukey-bear.”

    At this time, the Hoyer family is working to make sure that Luke’s death is not in vain. They are asking for donations to Voices for Children of Broward County in their son’s memory.