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Petition seeks military funeral for Douglas JROTC cadet who ‘died a hero’

People wander among the crosses on a mound in front of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Sunday, February 18, 2018, where 17 crosses honor the students and teachers killed in a shooting spree on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

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By LARRY BARSZEWSKI | Sun Sentinel (Tribune News Service) | Published: February 18, 2018

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Marjory Stoneman Douglas High student Peter Wang died in his JROTC uniform Wednesday helping others escape the gunfire at the school. Now a move is underway to see that he receives a military funeral for his effort.

A petition has been filed at WhiteHouse.gov with a “We the People” request to “Allow for Cadet Peter Wang to receive a Full Honors Military Burial.”

As of Sunday night, 17,693 people had signed the petition on behalf of Wang, 15, but it needs 100,000 signatures for there to be a response from the White House.

The petition says: “He was a JROTC Cadet who was last seen, in uniform, holding doors open and thus allowing other students, teachers and staff to flee to safety. Wang was killed in the process. His selfless and heroic actions have led to the survival of dozens in the area. Wang died a hero, and deserves to be treated as such, and deserves a full honors military burial.”

He wanted to attend the U.S. Military Academy West Point.

Wang’s funeral is scheduled for Tuesday at Kraeer Funeral Home in Coral Springs. He will be laid to rest at Bailey Memorial Gardens in North Lauderdale.

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