Senior killed by Florida high school shooter was going to swim for UIndy, coach says

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Nicholas Dworet was a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the IndyStar reports. He had just earned a scholarship on the University of Indianapolis swim team and planned to start this fall.

But his life was cut short on Wednesday February 14 when a former student at the school opened fire, killing at 17 people.

Nikolas Cruz, 19, is accused of carrying out the mass shooting. He faces 17 counts of premeditated murder in connection with the massacre.

Andre Bailey, coach of TS Aquatics in Broward County, Florida, confirmed the news to the IndyStar this morning. Bailey said he was with Dworet’s family when they received the confirmation.

CBS4 caught up with the head coach of UIndy’s swimming and diving team, Jason Hite, on Thursday. He said Dworet instantly bonded with the team when he visited the campus earlier in the school year.

“(He was) somebody we felt like we could develop, he was a good strong kid, very confident, but humble at the same time and just the kind of person you want to be part of your team,” said Hite.

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University of Indianapolis President Dr. Robert L. Manuel issued this statement:

I am deeply saddened to share with you that we just received notification that Nicholas Dworet, who would have become a member of our University of Indianapolis family as an entering freshman this fall, died in the shootings yesterday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Nick’s death is a reminder that we are connected to the larger world, and when tragedy hits in places around the world, it oftentimes affects us at home. Today, and in the coming days, I hope you will hold Nick, his family, all of the victims, as well as the Parkland community and first responders in your prayers.

Nick was a recruited athlete to our swim team. Coach Jason Hite, Vice President Sue Willey and I have been in contact with the Dworet family and will continue to offer support in the coming days.

Nick’s death also reminds us of the far-reaching impact of these national acts of violence. We will find ways in the coming days to help Nick’s family -- and I hope our Greyhound family can come together to engage the questions raised by these shootings and ensure that our community continues to be a safe place for all of our students, faculty and staff.

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