Who was Alexandria Bell? Dad of Missouri high school shooting victim, 16, says 'she was my everything'
ST LOUIS, MISSOURI: One of the high school students who was killed on October 24, 2022, in the St Louis school shooting has been identified as Alexandria ‘Alex’ Bell. The 16-year-old was a member of the school's dance team.
The shooter, identified as 19-year-old Orlando Harris, allegedly killed Bell and teacher Jean Kirk Kuczka after storming the Central VPA High School building with a long gun, according to the police. Harris was eventually killed by police gunfire after taking innocent lives at the school. The police also informed that seven additional pupils suffered injuries but are now doing well.
In an interview with KSDK-TV, Alex's father disclosed that she had eight siblings and was a sophomore in college. “She loved to dance and was on the school’s junior dance team,” the father said. Alex was described as a loving daughter by her father who always turned up when he felt low and in need of support. "Alexandria was my everything. She was joyful, wonderful and just a great person."
"She was the girl I loved to see and loved to hear from. No matter how I felt, I could always talk to her and it was alright. That was my baby," Andre Bell said. "I am so upset. I need somebody, police, community folks, somebody to make this make sense. "I really want to know how did that man get inside the school? I'm just trying to find some answers. My daughter was planning on coming out here to California and celebrate her birthday with me on Nov. 18, but now we have to plan her funeral."
In a Facebook post, State Representative Kimberly Ann-Collins wrote: “I’m wrapping my arms tightly around you Raé Holmes, I’m truly sorry this happened. You know you have my unconditional support sis. RIP to Alex, a beautiful, smart, and talented girl who didn’t deserve any of this.” Destiny Diamond, one of Bell's cousins also posted on Facebook saying, "Y’all please pray for me and my family. My little cousin Alexandria was one of the deceased victims of the Active school shooting today. Lord wrap your arms around My cousin Keisha Acres I love you we’ll get through this she didn’t deserve this."