I’m not going to use his name. He’s dead, and best forgotten. He was a destructive force, and desired to create a name that would live on. Why are the media giving it to him? Why display his writings and his videos, when there are people who are out here writing and making videos for peace that you will give no coverage to whatsoever? What message are you sending by giving to the murderer the very thing he desired?
Let’s talk about the victims, instead. I already mentioned one, a hero by the name of Liviu Librescu who lived through the Holocaust, was liberated from communist Romania, and on his final day he rescued multiple students from certain death by holding the door closed against the killer. He was shot through the door.
Emily Jane Hilscher, age 19, was the first victim. She was killed in her dormitory. Media rushed to report some possible relationship between her and the killer. Without any evidence. Why?
There are 30 more stories like these two, though we don’t know the details of many of the students’ lives. Nor would we expect to; the families are entitled to their privacy in their mourning after all.
Among the faculty, we know somewhat more, in addition to Professor Librescu, killed were Jamie Bishop, age 35, Instructor, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Jocelyne Couture-Nowak, Instructor, Foreign Languages, Kevin Granata, age 45, Professor, Engineering Science & Mechanics, and G. V. Loganathan, age 50, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering.
I think we should see their pictures. Not the killer’s. Let him lie in an unmarked grave, known only to his family and those that loved him in spite of his actions. Let his name be forgotten, his achievement was only disaster.