Aztec High School students return to class after deadly shooting

Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 4:36 PM
Aztec High School students and area residents gather for a candlelight vigil in Aztec Thursday, after a shooting at the high school. Students hid in their classrooms, some behind locked doors, as a suspect opened fire Thursday inside the school, killing two classmates before he died.
Aztec High School is shown Thursday. Students hid in their classrooms, some behind locked doors or in closets, as a gunman opened fire Dec. 7 inside the school.

AZTEC - Students of a New Mexico high school are back in class more than a week after a deadly shooting on campus.

Aztec High School students and staff returned Monday and were greeted by residents of this small northwestern New Mexico community who lined the streets to welcome them.

Casey Jordan Marquez and 17-year-old Francisco "Paco" Fernandez were killed on Dec. 7 when a gunman disguised as a student opened fire inside Aztec High School.

Police say the gunman later killed himself.

School officials say students began the day on Monday with an all-school assembly.

The school will be back on a regular schedule Tuesday and Wednesday.