Officials confirmed Reynolds High School freshman Emilio Hoffman, 14, was shot and killed by a lone gunman Tuesday morning. Classmates and strangers shared their condolences on Twitter after learning the news, using the hashtag #RIPEmilioHoffman.
“This is not supposed to happen at school or to any child, but we will get through this together,” Troutdale Police Chief Scott Anderson said at an afternoon press conference.
“This was tragic event,” Reynolds School District Superintendent Linda Florence said. “It feels so personal.”
Friends tweeted that they will remember Hoffman as a close, dear friend and a good person. Some reflected on the harsh reality that the victim won’t experience staple high school activities, like prom or graduation, saying Hoffman was gone too soon. He was a freshman at Reynolds high and a soccer player on the school’s junior varsity team last fall.
A vigil will be held at the Greater Portland Baptist Church at 7:30 p.m. and there will a candle lighting for Hoffman at Walt Morey Middle School at 9 p.m.
RIP to Emilio Hoffman. Just a freshman. My prayers and thoughts are with his family and loved ones. #RHShooting— Angi_M (@Angi_Noelle) June 10, 2014
Deepest condolences to the family of Emilio Hoffman #RIPEmilioHoffman— OregonFootGolf (@OregonFootGolf) June 10, 2014
emilio hoffman will never graduate high school, have a career, get married because of america’s love affair with guns http://t.co/xYMBnwh2pq— Oliver Willis (@owillis) June 10, 2014
Candle lighting for Emilio Hoffman at Walt Morey Middle School tonight @ 9:00pm come and support your raider family 🙏❤ #RipEmilioHoffman— tina kalamafoni (@SelenatorBro) June 10, 2014
Today we lost a member of our Raider family. #RIPEmilioHoffman— Reynolds (@OnlyReynolds) June 10, 2014
Emilio will never get to go to prom or get married and that’s the worst part #RIPEmilioHoffman— erk (@hashtagdie) June 10, 2014
#RIPEmilioHoffman 😞🙏. May god be with you and your family in this time.— Franky Baby ✨ (@_xoxoAlyx) June 10, 2014
You never know which day will be your last. Love everyone as much as you can.. #RIPEmilioHoffman 😔👼— Elisabelle Gonzalez (@TinkerBelless_) June 10, 2014
He was a good friend ,great soccer and most of all a great person #ripEmilioHoffman— Angell⚽ (@_oaxaco_) June 10, 2014
#RIPEmilioHoffman you were such a fun friend in Spanish. I can’t believe you had to leave us this way. Life in unfair. I am heartbroken.— Maggie (@maggielee98) June 10, 2014
None of this hit me until I looked at Emilio’s twitter and saw he was active just six hours ago. Now he’s gone forever. #RIPEmilioHoffman— Lyric (@lyric_miller) June 10, 2014
Even though I didn’t know him, this whole thing is just such a tragedy. He was definitely gone too soon. #RIPEmilioHoffman— jacob (@highwayhookar) June 10, 2014
It’s just not fair.. #RIPEmilioHoffman— Bailee Rae (@b_curtis18) June 10, 2014
#ripemiliohoffman you will forever be loved and missed— princess (@tatumphelps_) June 10, 2014