Family of school shooting victim to be honored by UConn band

Alex Schachter

EAST HARTFORD — The family of a student killed in the Parkland high school shooting will attend the season-opening football game between the University of Connecticut, where he was admitted posthumously, and the University of Central Florida.

UConn says its marching band, which 14-year-old Alex Schachter hoped to join, will play his favorite song, Chicago’s “25 or 6 to 4,” Thursday and spell out the name “Alex” on the field.

Alex was killed in the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. He had planned to apply to UConn and play trombone. His father has said Alex wore a UConn shirt every day to school.

The university sent a posthumous letter of admission to Alex’s family shortly after his death and the family has set up a band scholarship at UConn in his name.

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