Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Substitute teacher barricaded door with couch to protect kids during deadly shooting

Substitute teacher barricaded door with couch to protect kids during deadly shooting

Casey Jordan-Marquez, 17, has been identified as one of the two students killed in the Aztec High School shooting.

The FBI says online comments made a year ago by a gunman who killed two students at a New Mexico high school had led them to conduct an investigation. When officers found his body he had a thumb drive on him that laid out his plans to shoot up the school and then kill himself.

He walked into the school with them and went into a second-floor bathroom to "gear up".

In the note, Atchison wrote "Work sucks, school sucks, life sucks". "Just offering help because I know that's what they would do for us". That's when the gunman shot Fernandez.

The students were identified as Casey Jordan-Marquez and Francisco Fernandez.

A student at a New Mexico high school says he huddled in a locked classroom as a shooter opened fire and killed two classmates.

New Mexico State Police at this time are asking any witnesses of the shooting to call the following hotline: 505-334-6622 or send a message to the San Juan County Sheriff's Office Facebook page.

Authorities said the shooter did not have a criminal record, much less a traffic ticket.

The FBI checked databases and interviewed Atchison and his family in March 2016, but ultimately closed the investigation when it determined no crime was committed.


The FBI said the posting was flagged and investigators talked with the gunman at his home in Aztec, where he lives with his parents.

Aztec Police say they got to the school quickly after getting 911 calls just after 8 a.m.

"Tragically the horrors that visited many other communities have come to roost here in Aztec", Michael Padilla said. Hundreds gathered for prayer services and candlelight vigils and more gatherings are planned over the weekend as residents look for answers. Marquez was a cheerleader and was planning to participate in the upcoming Orange Bowl.

School roads leading to Aztec High School are blocked off by law enforcement due to a shooting that was reported on the morning of December 7 at Aztec High School in Aztec, N.M.

"I'm sure as we go further into the investigation those heroes will come forward", Heal said.

Fernandez was known for his speedy typing and interest in computers.

Gov. Susana Martinez said she has met with the teens' families and they talked about what great kids they were. They also haven't provided any details about what led to the shooting or how it unfolded.

"There were several acts of bravery by staff members, teachers and students that were awesome... that actually saved lives", Governor Martinez said.

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