1 year later: UCC gathers for moment of silence

Students, staff gathered on campus at 10:38 a.m.

Students and staff at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg gathered for a moment of silence, Sept. 30, 2016 (KOIN)
Students and staff at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg gathered for a moment of silence, Sept. 30, 2016 (KOIN)

ROSEBURG, Ore. (KOIN) — At 10:38 a.m. on October 1, 2015, shots rang out at Snyder Hall on the campus of Umpqua Community College in Roseburg. Ten people — including the shooter — died and another 8 were wounded.

At that exact moment one year later, students and staff gathered for a moment of silence.

Flowers — red roses for the lives lost, yellow roses for the injured and white roses for the others touched by the loss — and a plaque were placed during the moment of silence.

The campus is closed on Saturday, said UCC’s Ann Marie Levis, “so we wanted to have something commemorating today and for the first anniversary.”

FBI statement on the anniversary:

The one-year anniversary of the UCC attack is a stark reminder that the worst really can happen—random acts of violence that are as senseless as they are destructive. It is a scene that no law enforcement officer, firefighter, or EMT ever wants to experience, but when that call comes, they are the first to rush toward the scene, toward the threat. In the case of UCC, two Roseburg Police officers and an Oregon State Police trooper engaged the shooter within minutes, bringing the immediate threat to an end. They were quickly followed by wave after wave of brothers and sisters in the first responder community.

For the FBI, this response included more than a hundred people: SWAT team members, bomb technicians, Evidence Response Team experts, negotiators, investigators and interviewers, victim specialists, media specialists, analysts, crisis managers, electronics technicians, and more. We were far from alone as sheriffs, police chiefs, and fire chiefs from across the state sent people, equipment, and resources.

Each of us who responded that day felt the heartache of loss, experienced the brutal reality of that tragedy. Even still, we knew that our pain and anger paled in comparison to that of those most directly affected.

For the people of Roseburg—those who knew and loved the victims—overcoming this nightmare is a personal journey that few can understand or truly appreciate. Indeed, this weekend will mark just one of many milestones they must navigate. As they do mark the one-year anniversary, we will continue to stand with them, support them, and honor them in this journey. In doing so, we join them in giving thanks for lives saved and share grief in lives lost.

On this and every day, we carry the memory of those victims with us as we work to make our corner of the world safer for all we serve. In the aftermath of the shooting, the community came together under the banner of UCC Strong. I believe that the strength and faith of the UCC family should inspire us, too, to be stronger—to fight harder for a world that finds peace in righteousness and strength in each other.