Michigan State students hold vigil for Oxford shooting


Ayushya Gautam, News reporter

On Tuesday, the MSU Rock was painted in the colors of Oxford High School, in honor and remembrance of the victims of the devastating shooting that occurred on Nov. 30.


The words painted onto the Rock, “Oxford Strong” echoed throughout the evening as students gathered for a candlelight vigil in memory of those that lost their lives and in support for the Oxford community, still coming to grips with the tragedy.


“I could just feel a sense of grief on campus, especially given that we have so many Oxford alumni,” said Saylor Reinders, a James Madison College student and one of the organizers of the vigil. She said that she felt the need “to put something together to show that they have the support of their fellow students.”


For Oxford graduates, the MSU community coming together to show support for their high school meant a lot. “It’s so heartwarming to see everyone come out,” said MSU student Kaylie Seeling, speaking to WDIV-TV. Oxford alum Logan Nicks, also speaking to WDIV-TV, said, “It’s nice to know that people care so far from home and people that aren’t even connected to it.”


School shootings have become a tragic norm in American society, and all students can feel the pain such an incident can create. Saylor, herself, is from California but could feel the pain caused by what was another excruciating chapter in the continuing trend of mass shootings, and especially school shootings in the country. “It really hits the community hard, but no matter where you are, it causes fear,” she said.