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Auburn student talks about healing now that suspect is in custody

Crime scene tape marks off a portion of the University Heights apartment complex. Crime scene tape marks off a portion of the University Heights apartment complex.
Desmonte Leonard (Photo Source: Montgomery County Sheriff's Office) Desmonte Leonard (Photo Source: Montgomery County Sheriff's Office)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Police in Auburn have said it seems as though the Leonard case is over, but it's really just beginning.

The campus is still reeling from the weekend shooting where police said Desmonte Leonard shot six people, killing three at the University Heights apartment complex Saturday afternoon.

The tragedy hit very close to home for Auburn University senior Natalie Stevenson. 

"I have friends that live in that apartment complex and it's five minutes from campus so it's a concern," Stevenson said.  "You always worry your friends are safe and that the people you know are safe."

 Attorney Mark McDaniel said the next step for Leonard's attorney is trying to save his client's life.

"One way they could argue is self defense," McDaniel said.  "You never know, they can argue, insanity, if you have a situation where he was distraught and he came in with a gun he can say he didn't know right from wrong."

Stevenson will return to campus in the fall.  She said she knows it won't be the same campus that she knew.

"I already know it's a different atmosphere," she said.  "I've talked to all my friends down there and they say it's pretty somber and people are pretty shaken because it happened in our own backyard and you worry about your safety and you hope nothing like this happens again."

Despite the tragedy, Stevenson said she still loves her college and the accident Saturday was just that, an accident.  With Leonard in custody, Stevenson said the Auburn community can start to heal. 

"It's not over. It's just the beginning and I ask that everyone prays for Auburn and for the individuals whose lives were lost and the man who is still fighting for his life."

A candlelight vigil for the victims will be held on Auburn's campus Thursday on the lawn of Samford Hall.

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