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Kalamazoo, Mich., shooting victims remembered

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Updated: Sunday, February 21, 2016, 4:11 PM

Flowers are placed on the door of the Kia dealership where Richard Smith and his son, Tyler, were shot and killed Saturday night.Jeff Karoub/AP

Flowers are placed on the door of the Kia dealership where Richard Smith and his son, Tyler, were shot and killed Saturday night.

A 60-year-old retired teacher meeting friends for dinner and a father and son at a car dealership were among six killed during an unhinged Uber driver’s shooting rampage in Michigan, police said Sunday.

Mary Jo Nye taught English at Calhoun Community High School in Battle Creek and continued attending the school’s graduation even after she retired four years ago, the Battle Creek Enquirer reported.

“She became like a mother to a lot of kids,” Calhoun Community High School assistant director Tara Egnatuk, told the paper.

Nye was in the driver’s seat of a Chevrolet Cruze around 10:30 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of a Cracker Barrel outside of Kalamazoo when Dalton opened fire, police said. Two others in the ride, 68-year-old Barbara Hawthorne and 74-year-old Dorothy Brown, both of Battle Creek, also died in the hail of bullets.

Tyler Smith's classmates expressed shock at the teen's death.Facebook

Tyler Smith’s classmates expressed shock at the teen’s death.

6 PEOPLE KILLED IN HOURS-LONG KALAMAZOO SHOOTING SPREE

Mary Jo Nye, a retired English teacher, was "like a mother to a lot of kids," a former colleague said.

Mary Jo Nye, a retired English teacher, was “like a mother to a lot of kids,” a former colleague said.

A 14-year-old in the passenger seat was clinging to life at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said.

He said the young victim was “working hard to stay alive” and called the shootings “senseless violence at its worst.”

Mary Lou Nye, 62, was also shot and killed while sitting in an Oldsmoble minivan in the restaurant parking lot, cops said. It wasn’t immediately clear if Mary Jo Nye and Mary Lou Nye were related.

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who has become a gun control activist since nearly being killed in a horrific mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz. in 2011, said the latest tragedy was all too familiar.

“Once again, another community has been shattered by gun violence. This is what the new normal looks like. While the details of exactly what happened last night and why are still unclear, we know that yet again gun tragedies have destroyed innocent lives,” she said. “We wish we could call that unthinkable. But in our country, it’s not.”

KALAMAZOO SHOOTING SUSPECT JASON DALTON WAS DRIVING FOR UBER IN THE MIDST OF HIS RAMPAGE

Minutes before the shooting at the Cracker Barrel, police said Dalton opened fire at the Seelye Kia car dealership.

Tyler Smith, 18, and Richard Smith, both of Mattawan, were killed, according to local news station WWMT.

Tyler Smith’s Facebook shows a smiling teen with an affinity for sports cars. It was unclear what the father and son were doing at the dealership.

On Twitter people who appeared to be the younger Smith’s classmates expressed their shock at the carnage.

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords said the violence in Kalamazoo, Mich. is "what the new normal looks like." Mike Householder/AP

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords said the violence in Kalamazoo, Mich. is “what the new normal looks like.” 

“Love before it’s too late; rest in peace Tyler, you will be missed #PrayForKalamazoo,” wrote one.

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