(GoRealNewsNow.com) – BREAKING NEWS NOW: A modern-day American hero – a high school principal who stepped in to protect his students during a recent school shooting in Iowa – has perished, dying of the wounds that he suffered in last week’s attack.
Dan Marburger, the principal of Perry High School in Perry, a town of 8,000 people in Iowa, tragically succumbed to his injuries on Sunday following a school shooting incident the previous week.
Marburger’s death was confirmed by his family.
The principal sustained multiple gunshot wounds while he was endeavoring to shield his students from the shooter.
The tragic incident also claimed the life of a sixth-grade student and left four others wounded.
The perpetrator, a 17-year-old student of the school, eventually took his own life as law enforcement officers were arriving on the scene.
The day after the horrific event, a statement from the state Department of Public Safety commended Marburger for his courageous actions.
They highlighted that he “acted selflessly and placed himself in harm’s way in an apparent effort to protect his students.”
Mitch Mortvedt, a spokesperson for the state Division of Criminal Investigation, lauded Marburger for his “pretty significant things” to minimize the danger to the students, though he refrained from going into specifics.
Clark Wicks, the Superintendent, honored him as a “hero” for his brave actions during the crisis.
Claire Marburger, the principal’s daughter, expressed her sentiments about her father on Facebook on the night of the shooting.
She described him as a “gentle giant” and expressed that it was characteristic of her father to attempt to safeguard his students.
“As I heard of a gunman, I instantly had a feeling my Dad would be a victim as he would put himself in harm’s way for the benefit of the kids and his staff. That’s just Dad,” she wrote in her post.
The shooting at Perry High School unfolded on January 4, right before the commencement of school on the first day after the winter break.
According to the police, the shooting primarily took place in the school’s cafeteria.
In their ongoing investigation, they are working to understand the motives behind the gunman’s actions.