An open letter to the SPU gunman

8 06 2014

A powerful letter from an Seattle Pacific University to the the gun man who walked in to shoot up a school. Killed one student and injured two others. This school is in my community and I know many alum and students. My heart goes out to all of them. “The Spirit intercedes for us, with sighs too deep for words to express.” Romans 8:26.

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Mr. Ybarra,

Yesterday, you walked into the doors of a place I’ve called home for years with the intent to harm. The events of June 5th are forever embedded in my mind…but probably not for the reasons you’d assume. I’ve read articles claiming that you had an obsession with Columbine and a desire to partake in a school shooting. I’m writing this letter to tell you that the school you entered yesterday is not just a school, we  are so much more…we are a family.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t angry. I am so angry. I feel violated. I feel shaken. I feel like my home has been compromised and one of my family members has been taken while others fight for their lives today. I do not understand. I cry out for answers. I lament. I’ve never felt fear as deep as I did yesterday waiting…

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