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The Insane Story About The Father And Son Who Both Survived Mass Shootings — Only Months Apart

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Braden Freidkes, John Freidkes

Braden Freidkes survived the Parkland shooting and John Freidkes survived the Las Vegas shooting.

In a sad twist of fate that could only happen in 2018, a father and son reported that they were both survivors of different mass shootings that happened only months apart from each other. 

According to CNN, Braden Freidkes survived the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The freshman was inside the school when gunman and former classmate Nikolas Cruz shot and killed 17 people. 

Eventually, he made it out of the school and ran straight to his parents' arms, who had been urgently trying to reach him.

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"We were one of the lucky ones," his father, John Freidkes, said. "We were able to get him and he was safe."

Sadly, John knows all too well what his son had experienced. 

In October, John was one of the hundreds of people running for their lives when gunman Steven Paddock opened fire on a country concert, killing 58 people and injuring over hundreds. 

"There was a crowd of people running towards us yelling 'there's a shooter, there's a shooter,'" said Freidkes. "We were lucky enough to jump in a taxi cab where there were two women in there already."

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"One was hyperventilating, the other was seemingly in shock," he continued. "We asked if they were coming from the venue and they were."

Now, John said he's at a loss for what to tell his kids about the current state of the world.

"My parents never had to talk to me about situations like this," Freidkes said. "You get up every morning and you're afraid to turn on the news."

After the Parkland shooting, John said that he was worried about sending his son back to school and thought about homeschooling him. But he decided against it.

"You can't live in fear," he said. "It's got to stop. There's got to be a way."

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Emily Blackwood is an editor at YourTango who covers pop culture, true crime, dating, relationships and everything in between. Every Wednesday at 7:20 p.m. you can ask her any and all questions about self-love, dating, and relationships LIVE on YourTango’s Facebook page. You can follow her on Instagram (@blackw00d) and Twitter (@emztweetz). 

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