Peter Wang is seen in this photo near a monument in a Park, Fla., Friday, February. 16, 2018. Wang, a student at marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in parkland, Fla., was killed when the former student, Nikolas Cruz, opened fire at the school Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.
The Park of the community calls on the government to make a full military honor funeral for the slain 15-year-old junior Cadet student that helped students flee from danger during the Florida school shooting last week.
Peter Wang died in his junior ROTC uniform from the help of students, teachers and staff to escape from the shooting at marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Seventeen students and teachers died.
Lin Chen, Wang’s nephew, told The Sun-Sentinel, that she was not surprised to learn of his actions.
“He is so courageous. He is the person who is really kind to everyone,” she told the publication. “He doesn’t care about the popularity. He is always fun to cheer people. He is like the big brother everyone wished they had.”
Jesse Pan, a neighbor, told the newspaper that Wang was “extremely friendly, smart” and hoped one day to attend West Point military academy, to be of “service to our country.”
An online petition started on Friday, urges the Congress to honor Wang a funeral fit for a military hero.
Peter Wang dressed in a JROTC uniform.
“Peter Wang, 15, was one of the students killed in Florida last week. He was a JROTC Cadet, who was last seen, in uniform, to keep the doors open and making other students, teachers and staff to flee for safety,” the petition states. “Wang was killed in the process. His selfless and heroic actions have led to the survival of the dozens in the area. Wang died a hero, and deserves to be treated as such, and deserves a full military honor burial.”
JROTC is not basic training, so it does not count as “in the army.” Wang’s funeral would require the intervention of the government.
The petition so far attracted nearly 20,000 signatures by Monday morning. It must collect 100,000 signatures by March 18 for a response from the White House.
Lukas Mikelionis is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @LukasMikelionis.