This morning my roommate from college texted me: Oh no. Sad news at NAU. :/ Having no idea what he was talking about, I checked Facebook and my timeline was (and still remains) filled with information about a shooting that took place at my alma mater, Northern Arizona University.
The shooting took place just outside of Mountain View Hall, a four-story co-ed dorm for Greek Life. Early reports say that there was a confrontation between members of the fraternity, Delta Chi.
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NAU released the names of the victims. Colin Brough was killed while Nicholas Prato, Kyle Zientek and Nicholas Piring were wounded.
According to NAU police, the gunman was 18-year-old freshman Steven Jones. It appears that this was an isolated innocent that began as a verbal altercation.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families,” NAU president Rita Cheng said. “Our hearts are heavy. This is not going to be a normal day at NAU.”
Flagstaff is a small mountain town, with NAU at the heart of the community. Students get around campus and town by walking or riding their bikes. It’s a tight knit community surrounded by Ponderosa Pines. Everyone is fairly friendly and people look out for one another.
I ask that we keep the families of the victims and their families in our thoughts and prayers. And I hope that people on both sides of the political aisle wait to receive more information before this incident is politicized.