As investigators investigate why a gunman attacked Michigan State University and how he used a gun in the mass shooting, the campus community is mourning the students who died and remains reeling from the horrors of earlier this week.
Thousands of students, faculty, staff and community members gathered around an iconic MSU rock engraved with the words “Forever a Spartan” to pay tribute to the three people killed in Monday night’s mass shooting Students tribute: Arielle Anderson, Alexandria Verner and Brian Fraser.
Michigan State University students were killed in the 67th mass shooting in the United States in 2023 — less than two months into the year, according to the Gun Violence Archive.
We shouldn’t live like this,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told the crowd. “We shouldn’t be subconsciously scanning every room for the exit, going through the grueling exercise of figuring out who we called the last time. “
“Our campuses, churches, classrooms and communities should not be battlegrounds,” the governor told the grieving crowd, which included students who lived through another mass shooting at a Michigan high school 15 months ago.
During Wednesday’s vigil, Michigan State men’s basketball head coach Tom Izzo told students to allow themselves to express their emotions as they deal with the tragedy.
“Whatever you feel, it’s reasonable,” Izzo said. “Emotions are different for everyone.”
Students put their arms around each other and swayed as the MSU Shadows song echoed across campus Wednesday.
Terrified students ran as hundreds of police officers gathered at the university in search of the shooter after Monday night’s attack at Michigan State University killed three students and wounded five in two separate campus buildings. Barricading classrooms or jumping out of windows, the gunman later died or suffered self-inflicted gunshot wounds, police said.
Investigators are looking for answers as parents plan funerals for their children and others watch in hospital as they fight for their lives.
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