Helena Ramsay MSD Memorial Fund
On February 14th a mass shooting took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Helena Ramsay, a 17 year old Junior was one of the victims that passed away as a result of such a devastating circumstance. Helena died a Hero, seeking the safety of her fellow students as the attack took place.
Helena Freja Ramsay was born on January 19th, 2001 to parents Vincent and Anne Ramsay in Portsmouth, England. The first few months of her life were spent in Hayling Island Havant, England before moving to the United States. Helena grew up in South Florida, attending Eagle Ridge Elementary School, Sawgrass Middle School, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Helena was diligent and passionate about school and always worked hard, striving for the best in everything she put her mind towards. She enjoyed participating in extra-curricular activities including volunteering at The Rotary Community Garden and Food Forest of Coral Springs, Model UN Club, First Priority Bible Club, and many more. Though she was quiet in nature, Helena was witty, brilliant, and selfless.
This is the official GoFundMe Page of the Ramsay family organized by Anne Ramsay (Helena's Mother) which is dedicated to raising funds to support us in this time of crisis, and to fund the memorials and groups that Helena was a part of as a tribute to her memory.
*Updates will contain tributes from friends and family and highlight the initiatives that the family will be supporting.
Photos by: Katherine Dadd (For Open use with Credit)
In Honor of the 17 that died:
Cara Loughran, 14 | Jaime Guttenberg, 14 | Alaina Petty, 14 | Alex Schachter, 14 | Gina Montalto, 14 | Alyssa Alhadeff, 14 | Martin Duque Anguiano, 14 | Peter Wang, 15 | Luke Hoyer, 15 | Carmen Schentrup, 16 | Nicholas Dworet, 17 | Helena Ramsay, 17 | Joaquin Oliver, 17 | Meadow Pollack, 18 | Scott Beigel, 35 | Aaron Feis, 37 | Chris Hixon, 49
Helena The Most Beautiful Girl In The World. My best friend. She was light for anyone who knew her. When she smiled she made everyone fall in love her. Not only was her smile charming but her personality was as well. She cared for everyone. She was compassionate, kind, and most of all she was unapologetically herself. I remember the first day we met. It was the first day of school in 7th grade. I walked into Civics looking for people who I knew, and saw my friend Zach but next to him was a girl. The first thing I noticed about her was her ponytail poof and tiny purple hair band. Since I sported a poof myself, I was like “oml SAME!” so while I sat down next to my friend I said to her, “I like your hair”. She looked up at me and smiled showing blue colored braces but didn't say anything. For the remainder of that year, I didn't really talk to her much but her smile is something I will never forget. Then I came 8th grade, my favorite year of middle school. That was the year I officially got to know Helena. In the beginning, she sat behind me in science in “Ms. Zz’s” class (Our name for the teacher) but after a while, she moved to sit next to me, then the fun began. Every day I would look forward to that class, not because I liked science (Which I didn’t) but because Helena was there. That year was the year when HTMBGITW and SSBG made their debut. It was the year when we decided to become rapstars and started to practice our beatboxing. As you can imagine, we failed, but SammyG and HR will go down in history. As we progressed in our friendship, I asked her if she wanted to go on a cruise with me, which was the best trip of my life. We ate a lot of food (me mostly…) and we danced around and met a lot of people. And that is when I knew that I did not only gain a friend but a best friend. High School was fun, it was a time where we grew together, in a sense we glowed up. We were more free in being ourselves and expressing our growing love for all things Korean. Helena, in general, was the most loving person. If there was anyone in need of help, she would always be there to help. If you needed anyone to complain to (which I did a lot) she would be the listening ear and try and encourage you. If you did anything to hurt those whom she loved she would react and protect her friends. Overall she was a loyal comrade and an amazing person. I dearly miss her and every day is not the same without her here, but I know that one day I will see her again and she will always be with me one way or another. In true koreaboo fashion “Saranghe”, Rest In Peace my love.
#HTMBGITW. Helena The Most Beautiful Girl In The World. She was truly beautiful, inside and out. Her caring personality and charming smile caused everyone who met her to fall in love with her instantly. Helena was a person who would always listen. Whether it was a long-winded spiel about a book you read or it was a rant on something that annoyed you, she was always there nodding her head encouraging you to continue. Not only did she listen, but she remembered what you said, often bringing it up at a later date. If you didn't like a particular food she would remember, if you were interested in something she would remember and use it to comfort you. Overall, she was someone who cherished those around her and made sure that they were happy. She will be dearly missed and everyday is a struggle without her here but the impact she made in each and every one of our lives will be with us forever.
On February 14th, 2018, I lost an absolutely beautiful member of my family to a senseless school shooting. Helena was a smart, kind hearted and thoughtful person. Though she was somewhat reserved, she had a relentless motivation towards her academic studies, and her soft warm demeanor brought the best out in all who knew her. She was so brilliant and witty, and it is still hard to believe that she is actually gone.
During the time of the shooting I was at my desk and received a text message from my sister about what was happening and that our younger cousin, Helena Ramsey, had been a recognized victim. At the time, I was informed that she was injured and was taken to the hospital for surgery. I immediately left the office I went straight down to meet my family at the hospital that we were informed she was admitted to, soon to realized that she was not there. We soon told that all families with missing children were to meet at the Heron Bay Marriott in Coral Springs where we were greeted by a host of Red Cross Staff, Police Officers, and Community Volunteers.
All we knew at the time was that there was a shooting, 6 people were confirmed killed, and the detectives were still investigating the campus. We waited with many other families for roughly 8.5 hours, during which the notice of the body count kept rising and officers would intermittently come in a announce that they were doing their best to collect all of the relevant details.
It was at about 2 am when they started calling families one-by-one into separate conference rooms to lets them know of their deceased loved one. We were the last family called and they informed us that Helena was killed in the classroom and had not at all been taken to a hospital. While we hoped for the best and prepared for the worst, the news was no less devastating. With perhaps an equal degree of irony, such a hateful act was performed on what we collectively celebrate as a day of love; and to add compounding hurt to the loss, it was Vincent, Helena’s Father’s, birthday. I wished him a happy birthday early on that night, to which he replied, “No, It’s simply just a birthday”.
Helena had 2 best friends Samantha “Sam” and Emera “Em”, who attend the same school. At the time of the shooting Em had evacuated but Sam happened to be in the same classroom during the time Helena was killed. Sam, told us all that Helena saved her life. She directed Sam to shield herself with a book after the first shots rang out down the hallway. The shooter approached the classroom and killed both Nicholas Dworet “Nick” and Helena, while due to both of their efforts the other students survived, though Sam also was injured. We later found out that the call we received about Helena being in surgery was someone mistaking Sam for Helena (They have equally noticeable well-defined curls). Helena had, in fact, passed away in the classroom.
Helena was an amazing person. She was so shy and yet so happy. Her smile would light up the room and she was just as smart as she was beautiful. She was so kind and giving and was unapologetically who she was, and we all appreciated her for it. I hope her life becomes an inspiration to all of us, that even in the face of evil, the courage to be selfless and loving are character traits worth adopting. Maybe there are people who are hurting around you in ways you cannot see, and a smile or a kind gesture can make a massive difference. So, I would like to encourage everyone to not underestimate your influence on those around you. The best ‘YOU’ with bring out the best in others!
You were a very great person to talk to. Always nice, always in the best mood, supportive, always joking, and bantering to make the best out of life and the best impression to those around you. Everyone loves your positivity. Everyone I knew, felt better around you. I had a great time when we played jeopardy :). You've helped me to become more social and allowed me to be more comfortable in the group. But I have to thank you, if it wasn't for you Sam would have probably lost her life, and I truly couldn't have handled Sam and you taking away at the same time.
I'm pretty sure you are doing just fine in heaven, probably looking all pretty with your angle wings protecting us from above. I miss you so much, you can't even imagine. But I'll never forget what you taught me, to always be selfless and care for other. I'll remember you in every selfless act I take on in life and I'll live my life at its fullest...for you Helena. Rest in Peace okay? We'll see each other in heaven. <3
- Valeria Fernández Burgos
"February 14, 2018 came with a lot of pain, but by far the worst of the agony came from not knowing where Helena was or if she was safe, and later that she wasn't. The only person I called before her while i was evacuating was my mother. After I left the school, my mother, my sister, my friend and i spent hours calling and traveling to every hospital in Coral Springs to try and find her. Finally, we settled at The Marriott with her family to wait for any news. The news we received was something that no family should ever have to hear: Helena died at the hands of completely preventable gun violence.
She was so bright, in more ways than one. You could see her intelligence through a normal conversation; she was wise beyond her years and always ready to share her wisdom with anyone who asked for it. She could always get someone to laugh and her smile was infectious, it wasn't just her shining, she lit up everyone else. Lena brought out the best in everyone around her, her kindness and empathy knew no bounds. I have never met anyone with an ounce of sanity that ever had anything bad to say about this wonderful girl. When I lost her, I lost a part of myself I never knew I had, because I can't remember ever being without it. I have never, and will never, have a friend like Lena again; she was so incredibly unique and special.
I will never forget that she hated my favorite Disney movie or the wild expression in her eyes when she knew we had pickles in the house. I will never forget how loved and accepted she made me feel, or how she was always there when I needed her to be. I will never forget how uncreative she was when naming her cats, or how creative she could be when crafting. I will never forget our 12 year sistership and the unadulterated joy it brought me. I will never forget Helena Ramsay, and you shouldn't either.