Nashville Shooting: Six Victims, Including Three 9-Year-Old Children

On Monday, the Nashville Police Department released the names of the six victims in the Covenant School shooting, during which a “transgender” perpetrator carried out an attack against the Presbyterian school.

As reported by Axios, the victims consisted of three adult employees of the school and three third-grade students. The students, all just 9 years old, were Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs, and William Kinney. Scruggs was the daughter of Chad Scruggs, who serves as lead pastor at the neighboring Covenant Presbyterian Church.

“We are heartbroken,” said Pastor Scruggs in a statement. “Through tears we trust that she is in the arms of Jesus who will raise her to life once again.”

Among the three adult victims was Katherine Koonce, 60, who served as the head of the school. Parents and relatives described Koonce as a “remarkable woman” with a “bright spirit,” and say that Koonce was adored by the students.

“She knew every single student by name,” said one parent. “She did everything to help them when families couldn’t afford things, it didn’t matter. She found ways for them to stay.”

Cynthia Peak, aged 61, was a substitute teacher who was filling in that day. She was raised in Leesville, Louisiana, and leaves behind a husband, a daughter, and two sons.

The third adult victim was 61-year-old Mike Hill, a custodian at the school. His daughter Brittany said in a statement that “everyone knows he absolutely loved” working at the school, and other faculty members spoke highly of Hill as well.

The 28-year-old shooter, a female who identified as a male, was confirmed by police to have once been a student at the school, and thus may have been seeking retaliation against the school for its Christian beliefs. She was ultimately gunned down by Nashville PD officers Rex Engelbert and Michael Collazo as she was shooting at police vehicles through a second-floor window.

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About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

Photo: People pay their respects at a makeshift memorial for victims at the Covenant School building at the Covenant Presbyterian Church following a shooting, in Nashville, Tennessee, on March 28, 2023. - A heavily armed former student killed three young children and three staff in what appeared to be a carefully planned attack at a private elementary school in Nashville on March 27, before being shot dead by police. Chief of Police John Drake named the suspect as Audrey Hale, 28, who the officer later said identified as transgender. (Photo by Brendan SMIALOWSKI / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)