Remembering the victims of the Virginia Tech shootings
By Chris Gilmore – WUFT-FM
5 years ago today the eyes and hearts of the world turned towards Virgina Tech where 32 people were killed and 25 more were injured at the the hands of one of their own. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Chris Gilmore spoke with University of Florida Police Captain Jeff Holcomb and UF students on the state of security on campus.
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“We’re pressuring. We are ready. We’re telling the community that we’re ready to start the trial,” said Carlos Aguilar, Christian Aguilar’s father, after Pedro Bravo’s third case management court appearance.
From Jan. 2008 to March 2013, there were 1,577 reported gun-related crimes. In 2008, 309 gun-related crimes were reported. In 2009, the number increased to a reported 367 crimes. Since then, it has been decreasing.
One of the victims played a prank on Andrew Joseph Lobban, 31, when they went shooting one time and took a video of it, police said. The victim then shared the video with the other victims, who laughed and teased Lobban.
A crime alert was distributed Friday afternoon to the Gainesville and University of Florida community alerting residents to an active investigation of two armed robberies.
He told police he also had a homemade cardboard firework with black powder inside at his home. A fuse was attached to the sealed ends, according to his arrest report.