A Day MSU Will Never Forget

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The MSU rock covered with flowers and candle lights during the vigil.

Sophia Plantz

The MSU rock covered with flowers and candle lights during the vigil.

A mass shooting occurred on Michigan State University’s campus on Feb 13 at 8:18 p.m. 

“I had no thoughts besides getting out,” Liv Blackmond said. 

Blackmond is a sophomore at MSU who lives in the dorms. She was getting her usual dinner at the Union at 8:23 p.m. when she heard multiple gunshots fired near her. All she said she could do was run. 

Anthony Dwayne McRae began his act of violence at Berkey Hall at 8:18 p.m.,when he walked into a lecture and began shooting. He then traveled to the Union where he released several more gunshots at students and staff. This incident resulted in the death of three MSU students; Brian Fraser, Arielle Anderson and Alexandria Verner. There were also five other injured students that night.

“My overall thoughts during the night were honestly just pure shock,” Blackmond said. “The next day my friends were telling me things that I was saying the previous night that I don’t remember, so I think I was mentally trying to block out the whole night.” 

Anna Piper, sophomore at MSU, was in her dorm room with her friends doing homework when she found out there was an armed shooter on campus. 

“We found out when our friend Liv ran into our room crying and screaming after she had just been in the Union.”

Piper said they were all confused because there was no information yet from the school or police at that time. Zoe Miklosovic who is roommates with Piper said she didn’t think it was serious right when they found out.

“I didn’t think it was that serious,” Miklosovic said. “I mean I could never imagine a mass shooting happening on our campus, it’s my home.”

Piper and Miklosovic were in their room together the whole night along with a few other friends in their hall. They were listening to the police scanner throughout the night. 

“I remember how quiet we all were when we were trying to learn new information,” Piper said. “I remember thinking that you could probably hear a pin drop.”

The main thing that Miklosovic described the night as was that it was filled with uncertainty. She didn’t understand what was happening and didn’t believe it was a reality. 

“I just keep reliving it,” Piper said. “I was scared for myself and my friends.”