Ft. Myers resident Tisha Moore graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 1995, things were different back then.
"It was new, it was exciting, and we became a family."
Moore was stunned when she saw the mass shooting that claimed the lives of 17 students and faculty Wednesday.
"It was very alarming to know that the school that we all felt so safe in once upon a time, has been invaded with tragedy and catastrophe."
And although it's been decades since she attended school there, some connections to the shooting remain. One of her friends went to school with Aaron Feis, the assistant football coach who died shielding students from the gunfire.
"Very. sad, very confused, very hurt," said Moore, who found several fellow Douglas alumni on Facebook.
This isn't the first time Douglas High experienced a tragedy, while Moore was a student in the 90's, 5 classmates died in a car crash.
"It wiped us out, to know that we lost all of these lives at once."
Now a mother of two children, the shooting at her alma mater making her not take leaving them at school for granted.
"It made me want to hug them a little tighter, it made me want to hold on a little longer."