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A look at the heartbreaking texts Florida students sent to loved ones during Wednesday’s shooting

A 19-year-old gunman opened fire on a Florida high school Wednesday afternoon, killing 17 people and injuring at least a dozen more.

During the confusion and chaos of the shooting, students inside the building texted their parents, siblings, and loved ones to let them know about the emergency — and to take that last potential chance to say “I love you.”

Rachel Friedman heard from her daughter, Ayla — a middle school student who attends school next to the high school — and tried reassuring her that she would be okay.

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Friedman later reported that her daughter was safe.

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Miami Herald reporter Chabeli Herrera tweeted a heart-wrenching conversation between high school student Sarah Crescitelli and her parents, in which the student professed, “If I don’t make it I love you and I appreciated everything you did for me.”

Herrera later tweeted that Sarah was okay.

Kaitlin Carbocci, a high school student, posted screenshots of text message conversations between her and her sister, who is also a student at the high school, during the lockdown.

In the texts, Carbocci’s sister begged her to call 911, saying she didn’t have the cell service to do so.

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Both sisters are safe, Carbocci said.

Miami Herald reporter Carli Teproff tweeted another photo of a parent’s conversation with their teenage son while he was in lockdown.

Teproff later posted a photo of the family after they reunited.

At a community vigil on Thursday, Alana Koer, 41, of Parkland, Fla., showed a journalist the text messages that she received from her 17-year-old son, Kai, during the shooting.

“If anything happens to me no matter what I love you,” the 17-year-old texted his mom.

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Koer said her son survived the attack.

Alana Koer, 41, of Parkland, Fla., shows text messages she received from her son the day before, during a community vigil at Pine Trails Park, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Parkland, Fla., for the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Koer's son Kai Koer, 17, survived the attack by Nikolas Cruz, a former student who was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder on Thursday. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
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Alana Koer, 41, of Parkland, Fla., shows text messages she received from her son the day before.

Elise Takahama can be reached at elise.takahama@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @elisetakahama.