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UCSanta Barbara Mourns The Dead

Students at the University of California at Santa Barbara returned to campus for a “day of mourning” on Tuesday, four days after the son of a Hollywood film director killed six students in a stabbing and shooting rampage across the seaside community. The university canceled classes for Tuesday, the first day since the killings on Friday that the campus would have been open, but faculty were asked to be on hand to meet with distraught students. A memorial service for the six students who were slain on Friday night was scheduled for afternoon and eight large blackboards were erected on a street corner in the community of Isla Vista, near the campus, where students were encouraged to write messages in chalk. “All of my friends are very strongly affected by this,” said William Tobolowsky, a 20-year-old microbiology major at UCSB. “Isla Vista is a close-knit community where everyone knows everyone to a certain extent”/Chicago Tribune wire report. More here. (AP photo: Mourners hug in front of the IV Deli Mart, where part of Friday night's mass shooting took place, on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 in the Isla Vista area near Goleta, Calif.)

Question: I read the original story and saw some brief TV clips of this latest horrific act by some nut acting on his inner demons. I'm becoming numb to these kinds of stories. And don't submerge myself in the media coverage of them. Do you?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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