COLLEGE PARK, Md. (CBSDC) — Students and staff at the University of Maryland leaned on shoulders and wiped away tears Tuesday night as they tried to come to terms with an act of violence so close to home.
The university community gathered Tuesday evening at the school’s Memorial Chapel for a vigil less than 24 hours after a murder-suicide left two students dead and one injured.
Police said graduate student Dayvon Green shot and killed his roommate Stephen Rane and wounded another roommate at their off-campus house on 36th Avenue early Tuesday morning before turning the gun on himself.
By Tuesday evening students heard the reports that Green – a former NASA intern – had struggled with mental illness for the last year and was able to purchase at least two firearms, so they took the evening as a chance to encourage each other to seek out help in this time of grief and whenever else they need it.
University of Maryland President Wallace Loh extended his condolences to the families of Green, his victim Rane and a student injured in the attack. He choked up as he talked about the school’s intense, intolerable grief.
He acknowledged that his university now is part of the question about policy going forward, but put those debates aside for now to mourn.
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