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That’s the progression of emotions Millersville University students are feeling now, two days after one of their own was brutally killed in her dorm room .
Hundreds of students gathered Monday night on campus, hands held and gripping candles, in a vigil for 18-year-old Karlie Hall .
The camaraderie continues and, according to campus officials, is helping students cope with the first homicide ever on the 160-year-old campus.
Dr. Kelsey Backels, chair of MU’s department of Counseling and Human Development, said at least 30 students met with counselors Sunday and Monday.
“What they’re experiencing is a worst-case scenario,” said Bonnie Glover, director of Domestic Violence Services of Lancaster County. “An 18-year-old girl is dead and killed by someone she loved. That incident has affected all students, whether they knew her or not.”
Several other students met with University President Dr. John Anderson, his wife, and their dog, Emma, during the Monday night vigil.
Anderson, who said he lives “a stone’s throw” from Bard Hall, visited the dorm after Monday’s vigil.
He said he saw students “in deep sorrow, literally leaning on one another.”
“I’ve always sensed that Bard Hall is just a close-knit comnmunity,” Anderson added. “It’s a small residence hall, with mostly freshmen. They have a certain community.
“You could see the different ways in which students seek support from friends.”
Appointments at the campus’ counseling center are booked through the week, with additional time slots being added, according to Backels.
Student “issues tend to be shock, grief, anger,” Backels reported via email.
Students are being urged to remember Karlie and think about her family.
Glover said it’s important for students to learn from the tragedy and look at their own relationships.
“What’s important for students and faculty to understand is that domestic violence does occur everywhere,” she said. “Students should talk about what are healthy relationships. What is your relationship like? Are you in a controlling relationship?
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