Police identify victims of school shooting

Two teens killed in US school shooting

The school was cordoned off as deputies with the San Juan County Sheriff's Office and other police agencies cleared the buildings.

The man who shot and killed two students at Aztec High School Thursday morning planned the shooting in advance, pretended to be a student and snuck into the school before authorities say he killed Casey J. Marquez, a senior, and Francisco "Paco" Fernandez, a junior.

Christesen praised Thomas Hill, the high school custodian. They were shot Thursday at Aztec High School, and more than a dozen others were injured in the attack. The suspected shooter also died.

Aztec school officials say schools across town that shut down Thursday will likely stay closed Friday.

A girl identified as Kendal Sanders, 13, underwent surgery related to her shoulder Tuesday and her condition was upgraded to stable, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said at a press conference.

Hundreds of friends and family members braved frigid temperatures to gather at a park in the community of Aztec to honor the two students. "We come with a very heavy heart and we want you to know that all New Mexicans are standing with you".

Authorities have yet to provide details about what led to the shooting or who was responsible.

"They were quick to get to the scene and mitigate the violence that was happening", Kassetas said. The initial call about the incident happened just after 8 a.m., when class was in session.

Other schools in the area also were locked down as a precaution.

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"I stayed in my desk, and I just prayed, 'Please just let this be over as soon as possible.' That was my first reaction", she said.

"This person is not only a coward, he is evil", Christesen said. He said it was the help of these drills, along with the swift reaction from teachers and staff, that prevented any more deaths or injuries.

People have donated more than $6,000 online to the family of Casey Jordan-Marquez, an Aztec High School cheerleader, through YouCaring and GoFundMe. With the school in lockdown, they got inside through a window and a door.

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. However, officials later corrected their statements and said no one else was hurt.

The school is in the Four Corners region and is near the Navajo Nation.

"I was in the classroom and we heard..."

He said that after the Aztec shooting other reports from schools on the Navajo Nation were reporting shootings.

Francisco served on the Aztec Police Department, San Juan County Sherriff's Department, and Farmington Police Department.

The suspect exited the computer lab into the hallway, at which point police believe he took his own life, Kassetas said.

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