Vigil turned into violence at Georgia tech campusTop Stories

September 20, 2017 12:02
Vigil turned into violence at Georgia tech campus

A Georgia Tech student was brutally killed in an unfortunate and deadly encounter at the campus on Saturday. The student was believed to have made the call to 911 and left a series of suicide notes. He was believed to be intoxicated and mentally disturbed when seen holding a knife and a gun.

A vigil on campus for Schultz on Monday saw violence flared up, afterward when a group of protesters marched to the campus police station.

The vigil for the student who was killed on Saturday, turned violent as it resulted into a protest thus causing the arrest of 3 persons. Georgia tech has issued alerts to all its students to get indoors following these violent protests. A police vehicle was seen burning in the images posted on social media, showing mass grief and discontent.

Georgia Tech Police officers responded to a 911 call at 11:17 p.m. on Saturday reporting a suspicious person on the  campus. The caller who was himself the culprit, described the suspicious person as a white male with long blond hair, white T-shirt and blue jeans, possibly intoxicated -- was holding a knife and possibly a gun.

The officers encountered Scout Schultz, 21, outside a dorm. He was barefoot and "disoriented" in the middle of a "mental breakdown," family attorney L. Chris Stewart said. The lawyer has accused the police  officer who opened fire, for overreacting to the circumstances thus killing a young student.

Cell phone video of the brutal killing, shows that the officer yelled at Schultz to put down the knife and move ahead, after Schultz took few steps forward the officer opened fire thus killing Schultz.

This incident has promoted grief and mourning all over Georgia tech, where Schultz was also known as the leader of campus LGBTQ community and as president of Georgia Tech Pride Alliance.

"It's tragic that as Schultz was battling mental health issues that pushed them to the edge of desperation, their life was taken with a bullet rather than saved with non-lethal force," Stewart said in a statement.

By A.s

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