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April 13, 2024

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Families embrace at the Woodmont Baptist Church reunification location after the school shootings at The Covenant School in Nashville on Monday, March 27. Credit: Pamela L. Lewis

How to Help Covenant School Shooting Victims

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has established the Caring for The Covenant School.

In the wake of the tragic shooting at The Covenant School in Nashville, the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT) has established a fund for the school for those looking how to help those in the community healing in the aftermath.

The foundation said all donations made to the “Caring for Covenant Fund,” minus credit card fees, will be directed to The Covenant School to support the healing of those affected by the tragedy.

“Together, we will send a message of love and compassion to the entire Covenant community,” the foundation said.

What happenned

Six people, three adults and three students, were killed March 27 in a mass shooting at a Nashville private school.

The suspect, identified by police as a 28-year-old former student, entered the school through a side door Monday morning and opened fire. Within 14 minutes, a team of five officers followed sounds of gunfire to a second floor lobby where they fatally shot the suspect.

The victims of the Covenant School identified by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department include Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs, and William Kinney, all 9, Katherine Koonce, 60, Cynthia Peak, and Mike Hill, both 61.

Koonce was Head of School at the Covenant School. She had been at the school nearly seven years. Hill was a custodian at the school and Peak was a substitute teacher.

The tragic incident marked America’s 129th mass shooting of 2023, according to Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit which tracks gun violence data.

How to help Covenant School victims

Donate to the Caring for Covenant Fund here.

Find GoFundMe fundraisers here.

 

About the Author

Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.