The title of a New York Times article released on June 10, 2012 is “Three Killed in Shooting Near Auburn University” (Web-site/URL: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/11/us/report-of-a-multiple-shooting-near-auburn-university.html?src=me&ref=us).
“Three young men, two of them with ties to Auburn University’s football team, were killed and three others were wounded during a pool party on Saturday night (June 9, 2012) at an apartment complex near the campus…”.
“The suspect, whom the police identified as Desmonte D. Leonard, 22, of Montgomery, apparently HAD NO CONNECTION to the university, officials said. He has been charged with three counts of capital murder. Court records show that HE HAS A HISTORY OF GUN VIOLENCE“. Whenever ANYONE “has a history of” ANY KIND “of…violence”, that is DEEPLY TROUBLING/DISTURBING/EXTREMELY ALARMING.
“Chief Tommy Dawson of the City of Auburn Police Department said on Sunday afternoon (June 10, 2012) that he was confident that Mr. Leonard WOULD BE FOUND SOON (?), but he would not elaborate”. HOW “soon” is “soon?” “He also urged two other “persons of interest” to step forward”. IT’S INCONCEIVABLE that they would do this, because they would then IMPLICATING THEMSELVES.
According to 21-year-old Richard Trammell, “They started fussing over A GIRL and the FUSSING ESCALATED to a FIGHT and the fight ESCALATED to a SHOOTING”. These “escalations” are AVOIDABLE IF ONLY people could/would MIND THEIR OWN BUSINESS and STOP INTRUDING IN OTHER PEOPLE’S LIVES. “fussing over a girl” is ENTIRELY/COMPLETELY AVOIDABLE
“Mr. Trammell had played high school football against Ladarious K. Phillips, 20, one of the men who was killed, in Roanoke, Ala., and had spent time with him at the apartment complex, which is on a stretch of road that is home to INEXPENSIVE off-campus housing”. “inexpensive” neighborhoods are usually MORE prone to violence assuming that people would PAY TO BE SAFE.
“The police identified the other two men who were killed as Edward Christian, 20, an Auburn offensive lineman whose career was curtailed by a back injury, and Demario Pitts, 20, who lived in nearby Opelika, Ala. and WAS NOT affiliated with the team”.
“Eric C Mack, a highly regarded offensive lineman for the Auburn Tigers, was among the men who were wounded. Mr. Mack, a junior from St. Matthews, S.C., was hospitalized, but was expected to make a full recovery, said Auburn’s head football coach, Gene Chizik”.
“The other men who were shot were identified as John Robertson, 20, who suffered A GUNSHOT WOUND TO THE HEAD and underwent surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital and Xavier D. Moss, 19, who was treated at a hospital and released. Mr. Robertson’s condition was LIFE–THREATENING, Chief Dawson said on Sunday afternoon (June 10, 2012)”.
“Mr. Phillips had been a fullback for the Tigers until he quit the team in April (2012)”. According to Trammell, “He was a GOOD guy who HUNG OUT BY HIMSELF and didn’t drink much or anything”. “hung out by himself” suggests that Phillips was AN INTROVERT/INTROVERTED and A LONER and PERHAPS this created a NEGATIVE image at Auburn, a LARGE university with over 25000 students which means it can legitimately be classified as a PARTY school.
“A former coach said Mr. Christian, was finishing his degree and was popular with teammates and coaches. He often joked around and went almost everywhere with a pair of red headphones on his ears, said his friend Jose Garcia, a chemical engineering major.
“Mr. Garcia said he almost left his apartment to join the 80 or so people at the party during the half-time break in the N.B.A. playoff game between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics. He said he was relieved he had not gone. “I HAVE NO IDEA why someone showed up with a gun”. SIMPLE. When people have been drinking, they often NO LONGER act rationally.
According to 21-year-old Alex Waldhour, a theater major, “This is just NOT what you think about when you think about Auburn” obviously. People usually associate Auburn with ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE and FOOTBALL.
Finally, at the press conference on Sunday afternoon (June 10, 2012), Chief Dawson finished off: “THE ONLY connection that the Auburn football team has to this is that they are victims of A BRUTAL SHOOTING” obviously. “Sometimes, the young men GET A BAD RAP, I feel like. But THEY’RE THE VICTIMS TODAY (June 10, 2012)”.
So, let’s AUBURN to the list of school shootings that have left us reeling and struggling/scrambling to find answers, alongside COLUMBINE HIGH SCHOOL (1999), VIRGINIA TECH (2007) and CHARDON HIGH SCHOOL (2012).