REPORT: Heartbreaking first images emerge of Nashville school shooting victims

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Nashville police have identified the six victims of the Covenant School shooting, which includes the private Christian academy’s headmistress.

Officials identified the three slain students as Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs, and William Kinney, all age 9.

The three faculty members killed were Cynthia Peak and Mike Hill, both 61, and school head Katherine Koonce, 60.

Cynthia Peak was a substitute teacher at the school, and Mike Hill was a custodian.

Photos of some of the victims have been shared publicly.

One of the victims was 9-year-old Hallie Scruggs, the daughter of Chad and Jada Scruggs. Chad Scruggs is the pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Nashville.

Based on photos posted on Pastor Scruggs’ Facebook page, Hallie was the beloved little sister to three older brothers.


Also killed on Monday was Dr. Katherine Koonce, who has served as the headmistress of the school since 2016.

The Covenant School had posted a profile about Koonce when she first came to the school in 2016.

In a tribute to Koonce, Mike Edmondson wrote in a Twitter post, “Just yesterday, I had the great privilege of worshipping with Dr. Katherine Koonce, head of Covenant School. Today, she went to be with the savior she loved while protecting the children she loved. Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.”

A Facebook post by Pastor Tim Dunavant includes a photo of Mike Hill, along with the following heartfelt message:

I didn’t want to say a name until it had been announced officially. And now, I’m not real sure what to say.

This picture is Mike Hill. He was the last employee that I hired when I ran the kitchen at the Covenant church and school. That was over 13 years ago. he was still working there today when he was shot and killed. I don’t know the details yet. But I have a feeling, when it all comes out, Mike’s sacrifice saved lives. I have nothing factual to base that upon. I just know what kind of guy he was. And I know he’s the kind of guy that would do that.

Goodbye Mike, I’m going to miss those encouraging texts out of the blue from you.

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  1. This breaks my heart when I look at those faces of the victims, and how distraught the parents of these children must be. I’ve said it before and I will continue to say, events like this today and any evil in this world is the works of satan. When will this world wake-up and see they need to turn from sin and live for God. If satan had no followers, he would have no power!!

  2. Praying for all these families..God be with them all. Mental illness is a huge problem in this country. This makes me so angry! Why did this sick guy feel like he had to kill innocent people. Just sick!

  3. It’s picture has been on the news enough. Too bad most of the asylums and sanatoriums were closed years ago. Society’s number of aberrant individuals is at an all-time high.

  4. My heart breaks 💔 for the family. Prayers 🙏 for healing. nothing is worse then losing a child
    Your never the same. I know !! God be with you all
    Hugs 🤗

  5. Why did Fox announce this afternoon it was a female shooter?
    Prayers for the families of the victims. May the good God and Jesus be with each one who has lost a loved one, including the perps family. There will be justice. Mankind is not capable of loving rule.

  6. I read and thought the shooter was a male pretending to be a female, now I’m seeing it was actually a female wanting to be a male who did this, still a twisted mind !

  7. These tragic events are coming fast and furious as Jesus himself told his profits they would. Jesus describes end of times being “baby pains”. As labor progress the pains get more intense and frequent, as will these devil inspired events. Prepare for his coming. I’m praying for the families and friends of the victims and may God Bless them all. The shooter has been sent to the pits of Hell and will burn and suffer continually while the victims are in Paradise with God.


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