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Teen with ties to Upstate laid to rest after Florida high school shooting

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Luke Hoyer (Source: Joan Cox) Luke Hoyer (Source: Joan Cox)
SIMPSONVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An Upstate couple said their grandson was among the 17 people killed when a gunman opened fire at a Florida high school.

The Simpsonville couple, Eddie and Janice Stroud, confirmed their grandson, Luke Hoyer had died. Luke was a freshman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where police said a gunman opened fire with an AR-15 rifle on Wednesday afternoon.

"It's just how alone he felt," said Cousin Trey Cox. "I'm thinking about everyone else running away and he was just there, laying there."

Relatives said his mother dropped him off at school and when the news broke of the shooting, they kept texting him without a response. The family said they learned just after 1 a.m. Thursday that Luke had passed away.

"The shooter came in and started on the first floor and pulled the fire alarm and then from my understanding he rushed to the third floor which is where Luke was," Cox said. "Luke came out of the hallway and he killed him."

Hoyer is being laid to rest Monday after a funeral service at 11 a.m. at Church by the Glades. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Voices for Children of Broward County.

For the family, losing Luke still doesn't seem real. He was just 15 years-old, a freshmen with a bright future.

"Gone way too soon," said Cousin Grant Cox. "There's no reason for it, a kid with so much opportunity ahead and it shattered in an instant."

The grandparents said they are heartbroken by the loss. Luke's aunt, Joan Cox, said he was a laid back kid who loved everyone.

"He is the sweetest boy you would ever meet," she said. "He was so good to everyone."

Luke has an older brother and older sister. Cox described him as the "baby of the family."

"None of our lives will ever be the same," said Cox.

Luke had visited them on Christmas when the whole family came to Simpsonville for the holiday. They were shocked to see how much he had grown since his last visit.

“There wasn’t a mean bone in Luke’s body,” his grandmother said. “He loved sports, played travel basketball and was planning on trying out for football at the school.”

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