By Paul Burton

PARKLAND, Florida (CBS) – The mayor of Parkland, Florida, where a gunman killed 17 people in a school shooting this week, is a Boston native.

Mayor Christine Hunschofsky was born and raised in Boston but moved to Florida 16 years ago.

And since the mass shooting in her city, she has been helping residents try to heal.

Mayor Christine Hunschofsky of Parkland, Florida was born and raised in Boston. (WBZ-TV)

“The main thing going through my head is that we remember the families and victims and folks affected and (that) they have all the resources they need to help get them through this,” Hunschofsky said.

Hunschofsky said she attended Boston University and Babson College, where she earned a master’s in business administration.

She said she has received much support from friends in Boston since the massacre.

“I’ve heard from many of my Boston friends, former classmates, giving us their wishes and prayers and greatly appreciate it,” she said.

The mayor says the mass school shooting has rocked her small suburban community, but it has also brought out the best of people.

“We are very blessed to be among some amazing individuals. I’ve spoken about it. Our first responders, we appreciate them,” Hunschofsky said.

Officials say the FBI received a specific report in January that the suspect in the Florida school shooting could be plotting an attack, but agents failed to investigate the tip.

Hunschofsky called that “beyond frustrating.”

“We are going to get through this. It’s going to take days, weeks, months, maybe years, but we will stick through this together, all the way.”

Paul Burton

  1. Bill Gleason says:

    It is a cop out your all blaming guns, the NRA, The President for all of your failure to stop this shooting.
    You ALL knew this guy was a threat.
    Your law enforcement had been to his home dozens of times because of his shooting pets and other animals, the school kids JOKED about this guy being the next school,shooter. The school board administrators and teachers ALL knew he was dangerious. Parents knew this guy was dangerious. AND yet no one did anything.
    But you want to cast the blame on The President, Really? You want everyone else to bear the responsibility that no one in Parkland FL did anything about.
    Your protest are a joke.
    You want something done about sexuring schools, DO IT!
    You expect the government to provide funding for this?
    Instead of your community people buying boats or luxury cars, or luxury off road trucks that will never go off road and big fancy trips etc, donate money to secure ypur schools, they are your children.
    Get off your duffs and do it.

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