Father of teenager killed in St. Louis school shooting must plan funeral instead of sweet 16, he says




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Alexandria Bell was just a month away from her 16th birthday — a milestone she was supposed to celebrate with her dad, who lives out of state.

“My daughter was planning to come here to California and celebrate her birthday with me on November 18,” said CNN affiliate KSDK Andre Bell.

“But now we have to plan his funeral.”

Alexandria was one of two people killed Monday at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School in St. Louis.

Teacher Jean Kuczka, 61, was also killed when a man armed with a dozen high-capacity magazines opened fire in the school.

“I really want to know: how did this man get into the school? Bell told KSDK.

“It’s a nightmare,” he said. “I am so upset. I need someone – the police, people in the community, someone – to make this meaningful.

As the shooting unfolded in St. Louis, a Michigan prosecutor who just heard the guilty plea of ​​a teenager who killed four students last fall said she was no longer shocked to learn than another school shooting. “It doesn’t surprise me that there’s another shooting at a school, which is horrific,” Oakland County District Attorney Karen McDonald said.

“We need to keep the public and educate the public… about how we can prevent gun violence. It’s preventable, and we should never allow it to be something we just have to live with.

Alexandria was a member of the Saint Louis Dazzling Diamonds dance group. Her fellow dancers created a poster with the image of Alexandria which is now part of a growing memorial in front of the school.

Her friend Dejah Robinson said the two plan to celebrate Halloween together this weekend.

“She was always funny and always had a smile on her face and made everyone laugh,” Robinson said, fighting back tears.

The slain teenager’s father said his daughter could improve every day.

“Alexandria was everything to me. She was joyful, wonderful and just a great person,” Bell told KSDK.

“She was the girl I loved seeing and hearing about. No matter how I felt, I could always talk to her, and it was okay. She was my baby.

Robinson, who attends another school, said she wants lawmakers to act on gun control.

“They knew what was going on, and they could have done something about it,” she said. “But clearly they’re not doing anything and they won’t.”

Kuczka, a physical education and health teacher, was looking forward to retirement in the next few years, her daughter Abigail Kuczka said.

John Kuczka

“Jean was passionate about making a difference and enjoyed spending time with his family,” his daughter said in a statement sent to CNN.

Alexis Allen-Brown was among alumni who fondly remembered Kuczka’s impact on his students. “She was kind. She was sweet. She always made you laugh even when you weren’t trying to laugh,” Allen-Brown said.

“She made you feel real, inside and outside of the classroom. She made you feel human. And she was so nice.

In her biography on the school’s website, Kuzcka said she had worked at Central VPA High School since 2008. “I believe that every child is a unique human being and deserves a chance to learn,” writes- her in her biography.


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