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Roslyn school devastated by classmate's slaying

Handout photo of Mandana Shojaeifard, who police said

Handout photo of Mandana Shojaeifard, who police said was fatally shot by her father. Photo Credit: HANDOUT/HANDOUT

Classmates of Mandana Shojaeifard remembered the Roslyn High School student as a soft-spoken, caring person who cherished movies and spending time with friends, and say her death has left the school community devastated.

Shojaeifard, 17, was shot and killed by her father, Mohamed Shojaeifard, who also killed Mandana's grandmother and critically injured her mother before committing suicide Friday, police have said.

Mandana Shojaeifard, of Roslyn Heights, had recently graduated and planned to attend SUNY-New Paltz to study film, said classmate William Mayorga, a close friend who was a member of the school's film society with Shojaeifard.

Mayorga said he remembered going with Shojaeifard to her first concert - Jane's Addiction at Jones Beach - earlier this year.

"She was always there to help those who needed help, no matter what was going on with her life," Mayorga said. Even though she was involved in many activities at school, she "always made time."

The Roslyn school district issued a statement early Sunday that described the murder-suicide as "a tragic event in our community."

The high school will be open for support and grief counseling Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the statement said. A special session for parents is Monday from 5 to 7 p.m., the statement said.

"We know there is certainly a group of kids who are understandably suffering from this tragedy," said Roslyn Superintendent Daniel Brenner.

Student Alana Karnofsky, who was a member of the school's principal's advisory council with Shojaeifard, said she expects the sessions to be well attended by Shojaeifard's friends. Shojaeifard was also a member of the school's multicultural affairs council.

Shojaeifard's mother, Haleh Mohseni - Mohamed Shojaeifard's estranged wife - remains in critical but stable condition at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset.

Mandana Shojaeifard, her mother and grandmother, Batool Biraman of Greenvale, were packing for a move when Mohamed Shojaeifard entered the home and opened fire on them with a pistol-grip shotgun, police have said. He then fatally shot himself, police have said.

School officials ask anyone with questions about grief counseling to call 516-801-5120.

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