31 years ago, CSUF suffered the same fate as VA Tech

With another senseless tragedy today in our nations history, the horrible local tragedy that occurred on the campus of Cal State Fullerton, 31 years ago, comes back to life.

It was on July 12, 1976 where CSUF Custodian Edward Allaway opened fire in the Pollack Library, killing seven and wounding two. Much like what came from the reports at the VA Tech campus today, Allaway was cold and silent when he committed his murders, he showed no remorse for his crimes. This was a man who committed the worst mass murder in Orange County history.

The seven people that died that day were parents, teachers, librarians, artists, and students. They were people that could have grown up to be successful in their lives, they could have been people who could have enjoyed every moment that life gave them. Instead their lives, much like the 33 people who lost their lives today, were ended by a senseless act. Today, a grove of trees stand in their memory as small quiet memorial of the seven lives lost and a reminder of what occurred so long ago.

2 Comments so far

  1. Evan (unregistered) on April 17th, 2007 @ 8:15 am

    Wow–I teach at Fullerton, and I had no idea about that happening.

  2. Jon (unregistered) on April 17th, 2007 @ 10:09 am

    Such ugly things to be seared into our consciousness.

    I don’t often get teary in public. Yesterday, while watching the scratchy cell phone video with gunshots clearly heard inside the building, I sat at my desk and cried.


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