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West Point posthumously admits shooting victim Peter Wang to Class of 2025

Peter Wang is seen in this photo near a memorial in Parkland, Fla., Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. Wang, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., was killed when former student Nikolas Cruz opened fire at the school Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.

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By ARIC CHOKEY AND BRITTANY WALLMAN | The Sun Sentinel (TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE) | Published: February 20, 2018

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The U.S. Military Academy is posthumously admitting Florida school shooting victim Peter Wang, who dreamed of attending the prestigious academy.

Wang could have been in the Class of 2025. The 15-year-old’s funeral is on Tuesday.

West Point will confer a letter of admission, along with honorarium tokens, to his family, local West Point alumni Chad Maxey said.

Wang died in his JROTC uniform on Wednesday, holding the door open to allow others to escape, as gunman Nikolas Cruz shot and killed 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, authorities and witnesses said.

Wang’s funeral is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday at Kraeer Funeral Home in Coral Springs. He will be laid to rest at Bailey Memorial Gardens in North Lauderdale.

“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," Maxey said. "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.”

Maxey said a local veteran group read of Wang’s dream of attending the academy, and confirmed with a cousin that it was true. He said Capt. Shahin Uddin was flown to South Florida to provide the posthumous letter to the family.

“This story … has kindled so many hearts for action in a time when things have felt so hopeless,” Maxey said in a text message.

Wang has two younger brothers. His parents own a restaurant in Pompano Beach.

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