Shooting Victims Include Florida State Professor, Student

November 5, 2018

The two people murdered Friday in a shooting at a Tallahassee yoga studio both had ties to Florida State University. They were Nancy Van Vessem, a professor of internal medicine, and Maura Binkley, a 21-year-old student who hoped to get a job after graduation with Teach for America. The shooter, Scott Paul Beierle, shot himself after shooting a total of seven people. The Tallahassee Democrat reported that he had been arrested in 2012 after allegedly grabbing the buttocks of two women on Florida State's campus.

The university president, John Thrasher, issued a statement that said in part, "My heart is filled with sadness following the horrific shooting that took place in Tallahassee on Friday. Although this shooting happened off campus, it has deeply touched the Florida State University family with two deaths and several injuries. To lose a faculty member and a student and have others injured in this senseless and violent way is absolutely devastating."

The university held a vigil Sunday night. Following are some of the photos posted to social medial:







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