Tuesday, April 17, 2007

What They Looked Like

This was Ryan Clark, 23. He was going to graduate soon with a triple major: biology, English and psychology - hoping to pursue a career in cognitive neuroscience. He volunteered with a community service group on campus and was an officer in the marching band.

He was the student adviser who died. When he heard gunfire, he ran toward the commotion; the gunman shot him.

This was Prof. Liviu Librescu, a researcher who taught aerospace and ocean engineering.

He died trying to save his students. When “the gunfire started coming closer. Librescu, 77, fearlessly braced himself against the door, holding it shut against the gunman in the hall, while students darted to the windows of the second-floor classroom to escape the slaughter, survivors said.
…classmates hung out of the windows and dropped about 10 feet to bushes and grass below - but Librescu stayed behind to hold off the crazed gunman.
Alec Calhoun, 20, said the last thing he saw before he jumped from the window was Librescu, blocking the door against the madman in the hallway.”

Read the entire article from the NY Daily News.

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