Friends of the 14-year-old shot dead at an Oregon high school Tuesday turned to social media to express their sorrow, remembering the boy as an “amazing soccer player” and a “great friend.”
Heartbroken pals used the hashtag #RIPEmilioHoffman to swap memories about the Reynolds High School freshman who was killed when another teen opened fire in the boys’ locker room, killing Emilio Hoffman before turning the gun on himself, police said. A vigil was held for Hoffman Tuesday night.
“I love you so much and I always will. You were my first kiss and the first guy I truly loved,” @LyssaKarm wrote on Twitter.
Students at the Troutdale, Oregon, school tweeted their plan to wear green today in honor of Hoffman.
Friends also retweeted messages from Hoffman’s account, last updated on Tuesday morning.
#RIPEmilioHoffman you were such a fun friend in Spanish. I can't believe you had to leave us this way. Life in unfair. I am heartbroken.— Maggie (@maggielee98) June 10, 2014
I will always and forever love this dork. He could always make me laugh and smile and cheer me up. RIP baby ?? #52414 pic.twitter.com/9uJVlVmCA8— ???? (@LyssaKarm) June 11, 2014
He will always be part of soccer family pic.twitter.com/6fyrxFmW2W— JakeCurletto? (@CurleeToezz) June 10, 2014
“Let’s just end school with a bunch of stressful test ... yay,” his last message read.
It was not yet clear whether the unidentified gunman was a student at the school, why he opened fire or if Hoffman was an intended target. A teacher also suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the shooting.
Hoffman lived with his mother, older brother and two younger sisters. A former girlfriend described him as “a good kid” and “down-to-earth guy."
“He was very caring, he loved to joke around,” Savannah Venegas, 16, told The Associated Press.
Your will always be loved, never forgotten. We love you Emilio. Live life good up there buddy. Love you.— Trishaaa Wilson (@trishaaawilson) June 10, 2014
RIP to a great soccer player and a great friend, Emilio Hoffman. #family— Reynolds Boys Soccer (@ReynoldsSoccer) June 10, 2014
Rest in paradise Emilio. Gone, but never forgotten. ???? pic.twitter.com/pFSTSjoV0V— kaleigh ? (@xoxo_twerk) June 11, 2014