UCC shooting one-year anniversary


Roseburg, Ore. — A shooter killed nine people on the Umpqua Community College camps on the morning of Oct. 1, 2015.

They were Jason Johnson, Treven Anspach, Sarena Moore, Rebecka Carnes, Quinn Cooper, Lucero Alcaraz, Lucas Eibel, teacher Lawrence Levine, and Kim Dietz.

The shooter opened fire near Snyder Hall, hurting another nine people in his path. Families gathered off campus waiting for word from their loved ones hoping they weren’t among the victims.

On Friday, Snyder Hall is getting a facelift thanks to a grant by the Oregon Legislature. School leaders hope it will transition from a reminder of tragedy into a symbol of hope.

The college talked with students, staff, the community and the families of the victims before deciding what to do with the space.

The school received $4.25 million from the Oregon Legislature to rebuild Snyder Hall. It’s come up with these plans — to rebuild existing offices and classrooms.

The college is also going to add a healing garden inside the building to remember and honor the victims. School leaders said the exterior of the building will match the existing ones around campus.

The school is hoping to start construction this fall and the new building is expected to be open for next fall term.

Meanwhile, another memorial was revealed Friday afternoon at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Hundreds of people came out to for the memorial ceremony. All victims were memorialized, one of which was a member of the Catholic church.

Services at the church will continue on Saturday with mass, a dinner and spiritual support.

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