The hero football coach who threw himself between students and the Florida school shooter was little brother to Michael Connell Jr.
Coach Aaron Feis and his brother Michael graduated years before from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Aaron came back and was employed as a football coach and security guard. Michael spoke to the Kansas City Star about how brave his brother was and how he was “a man of character”:
Connell broke down when he was shown the cartoon below:
The picture depicts Aaron being greeted by the children and other victims of past school shootings.
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Connell said he will miss his little brother, who is a husband and father, and is proud of him for the actions he took.
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“He was a man of character,” Connell told the Kansas City Star Friday. “He was a good man. The shooting happened and he went toward it. He ran toward it, saving a bunch of kids. He went toward the guy that was shooting. I’m not surprised at all. I wish he hadn’t, but at the same time I think more people would be dead.”