Dec. 3, 2012, 12:44

Candlelight vigil for Casper College

Laramie County Community College will hold a candlelight vigil Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. in the student lounge to coincide with Casper College’s vigil and show unity between the colleges following Friday’s on-campus shooting. Events will include a prayer and moment of silence offered by Aaron Bell of the LCCC Baptist Ministry; LCCC Board of Trustee member Carol Merrell will offer a speech and read President Dr. Joe Schaffer’s letter to students and faculty of Casper College and LCCC, The Rev. Rodger McDaniel, pastor of Highlands Presbyterian Church, will offer closing words.

Students are asked to bring a non-fire source of illumination such as a small flashlight, and they can sign a card for Casper College. Earlier, Schaffer, called for a moment of silence at the music department’s Holiday Gala Dec. 1 at the Cheyenne Civic Center.

According to the Associated Press, on Nov. 30, Casper College lost two faculty to a tragic event when the son of an instructor, Christopher Krumm, fatally stabbed Heidi Arnold, his father’s live-in girlfriend and a math instructor, and later shot with a high-powered bow and arrow, James Krumm, his father and a computer technology instructor. After attacking his father, Christopher Krumm died of self-inflicted knife wounds.

The December issue of Wingspan made light of the possible great catastrophes that could end the world and the need of emergency preparedness; however, events like those at Casper College remind us how real and abrupt instances of disaster can occur.

Wingspan would like to express its thoughts and prayers to our extended family at Casper College and all who were affected by the tragedy Nov. 30. Words cannot express the losses that Casper College and the community must feel. We at Wingspan encourage LCCC faculty, staff and students to use this opportunity to reach out to those who were affected by the tragedy as well as their own loved ones.