The violent madness that enveloped the children of the Marjory Stoneham Douglas High touched many of our employees in Broward County. It seems there are few who don’t know someone impacted, or worse, know someone whose young life was unbelievably and tragically cut short.
The rampage touched one of our people closer than most, though. Kyle Laman, son of Fort Lauderdale MINI technician and Team Lead Franz Laman, is a freshman at the school (Kyle is also the nephew of Pompano GM Joe Sparacino and BDC Lead Kristen Martinson). On that awful Wednesday, the gunman confronted Kyle, who dove into a restroom as the attacker fired, hitting him in the leg. When the shooter paused, Kyle and another student ran down three flights of steps, eventually moving aside bodies to open the back door so that they and other students could escape.
Since the day after the shootings, Kyle has had several surgeries to reconstruct his ankle, and extensive skin grafts will necessitate further hospital stays. The fact that he escaped with his life has been called “a total miracle.” A crowdfunding page has been created to help the Laman’s with the medical costs of repairing Kyle’s substantial injuries, HERE.
We can’t reverse the terrible events of February 14, but we can help one of our own families start to heal.