“We Remember” is the theme for an event at Southwestern College on Tuesday, April 17. At 6 p.m., three speakers will talk in Wroten Hall about gun violence followed by a candlelight vigil at the Cole Plaza at the bottom of the 77 Steps. There is no admission charge and the public is invited.
The speakers for the evening include Cowley County Sheriff Department Sgt. Robbie DeLong, assistant director of Southwestern College campus life Brandon Hessing, and a student from Virginia Tech University who survived the attack on April 16, 2007.
Southwestern College senior Alex Hopson has organized the event in honor of the five-year anniversary of the massacre at Virginia Tech University.
“I did a lot of research about the shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007,” Hopson says. “I wrote a paper about it and it received the ‘Best Undergrad’ award at the Oklahoma Speech Communication and Theatre Convention.”