DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa principal who put himself in hurt’s method to defend college students throughout a school shooting earlier this month died Sunday, a funeral residence confirmed.

Caldwell Parrish Funeral House & Crematory confirmed the demise of Perry Excessive College Principal Dan Marburger after the household introduced it on a GoFundMe web page.

Marburger was critically injured in the course of the Jan. 4 assault, which started within the faculty’s cafeteria as college students have been gathering for breakfast earlier than class. An 11-year-old center faculty scholar was killed within the taking pictures, and 6 different folks have been injured. The 17-year-old scholar who opened hearth additionally died of an obvious self-inflicted gunshot.

The day after the taking pictures, the state Division of Public Security stated Marburger “acted selflessly and positioned himself in hurt’s approach in an obvious effort to guard his college students.”

Information of Marburger’s demise was first posted on a GoFundMe web page for his household. The put up, by Marburger’s spouse, Elizabeth, stated he died at about 8 a.m. Sunday, and stated: “Dan misplaced his battle. He fought exhausting and gave us 10 days that we are going to treasure endlessly.”

The information that Marburger died triggered a flood of help on the Perry Fb web page with almost 200 folks posting condolences throughout the first hour after it was posted.

In a Fb put up on the night time of the taking pictures, the principal’s daughter, Claire Marburger, known as her father a “light big” and stated it wasn’t stunning that her father tried to guard his college students.

“As I heard of a gunman, I immediately had a sense my Dad could be a sufferer as he would put himself in harms approach for the good thing about the children and his workers,” his daughter wrote. “That’s simply Dad.”

Marburger had been principal since 1995.

Iowa Division of Prison Investigation spokesman Mitch Mortvedt stated after the taking pictures that Marburger did some “fairly vital issues” to guard others, however didn’t launch particulars. Perry Superintendent Clark Wicks stated Marburger was a “hero” who intervened with the teenage gunman so college students might escape.

An 11-year-old sixth grader, Ahmir Jolliff, was killed within the taking pictures. Authorities stated he was shot 3 times.

The taking pictures occurred simply after 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 4, shortly earlier than courses have been set to start on the primary day again after winter break. Mortvedt stated the taking pictures began within the cafeteria, the place college students from a number of grades have been consuming breakfast, then spilled exterior the cafeteria however was contained to the north finish of the college.

Authorities stated the suspect, recognized as Dylan Butler, had a pump-action shotgun and a small-caliber handgun. Mortvedt instructed The Related Press that authorities additionally discovered a “fairly rudimentary” improvised explosive gadget in Butler’s belongings, and that specialists suggested “it was one thing that they wanted to disarm.” It was rendered secure.


Ahmed reported from Minneapolis. Related Press reporter Josh Funk contributed from Omaha, Nebraska.

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