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Nashville School Shooting Victims Identified

Ashley Jarrett



Earlier today, a tragic school shooting took place at The Covenant School, a Christian elementary school in Nashville, claiming the lives of three young students and three teachers.

At about 10:13 am, a shooter entered the elementary school from a side entrance while carrying two assault-style rifles and a pistol. The shooter was eventually shot dead by the police around 10:27 am.

The identities of the six victims in the Covenant School shooting have been released by Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake.

Evelyn Diekhaus, Hallie Scruggs, and William Kinney, all 9 years old, were the children killed in this senseless attack.

Covenant School shooting victim Hallie Scruggs, 9, pictured with her pastor father

The teachers who were fatally shot have been identified as Cynthia Peak, age 61, Dr. Katherine Koonce, age 60, and Mike Hill, age 61.

Koonce had been at the school for almost seven years and was Head of School at The Covenant School.

Covenant School shooting victim Dr. Katherine Koonce, 60

Hill was a custodian at the school, and Peak worked as a substitute teacher.

Covenant School shooting victim Michael Hill, 60

The shooting suspect has been identified as 28-year-old transgender Audrey Hale, a former student at the school.

Police later found a manifesto left behind by Hale, showing that this shooting had been premeditated.

Based on the information in the manifesto, Nashville police are still looking into the possibility that Hale’s attack was motivated by her transgender identity.

During an earlier press conference, a reporter asked Nashville police if they “have any reason to believe that how she identifies has any motive for targeting the school.”

“There is some theory to that,” the officer responded.

Formerly an online tech and science reporter at The Sun Online, Ashley stepped up to the mantle of technology reporter at the Daily Telegraph late last year. She writes about everything from drones, web security and cryptocurrency to social media apps, like Facebook and Spotify, and technology brands including Apple and Toshiba.

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