At the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, a moment of silence was held in Hillman Hall. Students, faculty and staff were encouraged to join in the reflection, “knowing that you are not alone, but with community,” said Associate Dean for Diversity and Associate Professor Tonya Edmond.
The Clark-Fox Forum, where dozens gathered for the moment of silence, was also the site of several events over the past year from the Washington University initiative “Gun Violence: A Public Health Crisis,” an effort to find actionable measures to reduce gun violence.
Across the Washington University campus, the bell of Graham Chapel tolled 49 times in solidarity with those in mourning, the victims and the LGBT community.
“In the aftermath of this tragedy, my greatest hope is that here on our own campuses, in our St. Louis region, and in our nation we do not allow hate to follow hate,” said Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton. “Instead, we need to find ways to come closer together, to be more accepting of each other, and to work toward a global community free of prejudice and intolerance.”