The dance community is heartbroken to learn that 14-year-olds Jaime Guttenberg and Cara Loughran were among the 17 people killed during the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.
Guttenberg was a talented competition dancer at Dance Theatre in Coconut Creek, FL, according to a report from Sun Sentinel. Dance Theatre owner Michelle McGrath Gerlick shared the below message on her Facebook page, encouraging dancers across the country to wear orange ribbons this weekend in honor of Guttenberg, whose favorite color was orange.
Loughran trained at the Drake School of Irish Dance in South Florida, according to CNN. The studio released the following statement: "Cara was a beautiful soul and always had a smile on her face. We are heartbroken as we send our love and support to her family during this horrible time."
Our hearts go out to the dancers' family and friends, and all those who lost a loved one in this senseless shooting.