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Nashville school shooting: What to know about the six victims


(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — The six victims of a fatal shooting at a private Christian elementary school in Tennessee’s capital city have been identified by police.

Three students and three staff members were shot and killed at the Covenant School in Nashville on Monday morning. The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department identified the victims as Evelyn Dieckhaus, 9; Mike Hill, 61; William Kinney, 9; Katherine Koonce, 60; Cynthia Peak, 61; and Hallie Scruggs, 9.

Here’s what we know about the slain so far:

Mike Hill, 61

Mike Hill was a custodian at the Covenant School, according to police.

Katherine Koonce, 60

Katherine Koonce was the head of the Covenant School, according to police.

Cynthia Peak, 61

Cynthia Peak was a substitute teacher at the Covenant School, according to police.

Hallie Scruggs, 9

Hallie Scruggs was the daughter of Chad Scruggs, the senior pastor at the Covenant Presbyterian Church, which shares a location with the Covenant School.

The school was founded in 2001 as a ministry of the church, according to the school’s website.

Chad Scruggs described his daughter as “such a gift.”

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

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