Campus still in mourning; memorial service for UAH

By Margo Gray – bio | email

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A campus is still in mourning.

A week ago, UA-Huntsville lost three beloved professors to gunfire.

Hundreds who are still wounded in spirit gathered to honor those who were wounded in body.

At a memorial service, it was a time to say farewell and reflect on the day the university changed.

Campus Minister Natalie Bennett said, "we especially pray for those brave and courageous who were there last Friday and endured more violence and terror than we can only imagine."

Friday, February 12th was the day a learning environment was reduced to violence.

Three professors at the pinnacle of their careers bore the burnt of that violence.

"We've lost colleagues and friends, professors and advisors, mentors and guiders.  Our faculty is the fabric of this education community," University President David Williams said.

Six trees lined the stage to represent each victim from Friday's shooting.

Every branch filled with hand written messages of remembrance.

In poignant words of encouragement to his student body and faculty, Williams said the college must charge on and overcome evil.

"I love my school and to see that a senseless act of violence cost the life of three people, what has the world come too," student Janeczka Oates said.

"We've definitely lost people we all love but I can see how a lot of good can come from this so I'm looking forward to getting to work and doing what the people we lost would want us to do," Ron Hughes said.

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