UConn fraternity to honor Parkland school shooting victim

November 29, 2021 GMT

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — A fraternity at the University of Connecticut is posthumously inducting one of the 17 people killed in the 2018 shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.

Alex Schachter had planned to go to UConn and was admitted posthumously to the school and made an honorary member of the marching band.

His mother went to UConn and his father, Max Schachter, attended a different college where he was a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi, which held an induction ceremony Monday evening.

Max Schachter said the national fraternity is raising money for a nonprofit organization the family started in Alex’s memory, Safe Schools for Alex. The fraternity also has started “No Shave for Schachter,” in which members are taking donations to grow facial hair, he said.

“This is a mixture of happiness and sadness at the same time for me,” he said. “I miss Alex every day and I know he would have had a great time going to UConn, being in their marching band and being in a fraternity.”