Pifraternity resident with an “infectious smile,” exemplary student who aspired to be a doctor, and an “amazing” athlete. This is how the three dead are described from the shooting at the University of Michigan, in the United States, which left five other people in critical condition, on Monday night.
Ariel Andersonaged 19, Alexandria Werner20 years oldIs Brian Fraseralso 20 years oldwere identified by authorities as the victims of the armed attack at the higher education institution in question on Tuesday.
“Alex was and is incredibly loved by everyone. It was a excellent student, athlete, leader and example of kindnessevery day of her life,” said a statement from the Clawson school district, where Verner, a college sophomore, completed her academic education.
Ted Werner, father of the young athlete, who was committed to volleyball, basketball and softball during high school, revealed that his daughter was “a beautiful soul“, as he told the Washington Post.
“It will be my life’s mission to make sure other families don’t go through what we are going through.“, he assured.
President of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity Beta Chapter at Michigan State University, Brian was described by the organization as “a wonderful friend,” a crowd at Lakeside Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe, where he was a native, remembered him.
“That was one good boy. It was dear to all,” the father, Sean Fraser, said, according to The Detroit News.
Phi Delta Theta International Fraternity was devastated to learn that Brian Fraser, chapter president of the Michigan Beta Chapter of Phi Delta Theta at Michigan State University, tragically passed away on the evening of February 13th.
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— Phi Delta Theta (@phidelt) February 14, 2023
The local swimming and diving team highlighted, via social networks, the “contagious smile”, in addition to his “sense of humor, which was able to bring laughter to the whole team”.
Ariel, on the other hand, was a girl”dear and innocent“, being “a excellent student,” according to his uncle, Tim Davis, at the same time.
The young woman, who was “very family,” had aspirations of becoming a surgeon, according to a family statement, cited by The Detroit News.
“An angel on earth, Ariel was sweet and loving, with an infectious smile. We are devastated by this heinous act of violence against her and the other innocent victims.”
The suspect in Monday’s attack, identified as Anthony McRae, was described as a “short” man wearing a “mask.” The 43-year-old man was confronted by police outside the campus before killing himself with a gun, said Chris Roseman of the university’s police department.
“We have no idea why he came to campus to do this. It’s part of the ongoing investigation,” he added.
The university, located in the city of East Lansing, is one of the largest in the country, with over 50,000 students.
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