MSU Shooting Leaves Three Students Dead, Five Injured
On the evening of February 13, 2021, Michigan State University was rocked by a horrific shooting that left three students dead and five others critically wounded. The shooter, 43-year-old Anthony McRae, was arrested in 2019 for carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, a felony that could have carried a five year prison sentence. He was later convicted of possession of a loaded firearm, a misdemeanor, and was sentenced to probation. McRae was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound four hours after the shooting began.
The victims are Brian Fraser, a sophomore at Michigan State originally from Grosse Pointe, Michigan; Alexandria Verner, a junior from Clawson; and Arielle Anderson, a junior also from Grosse Pointe, the MSU Department of Police and Public Safety announced in a statement on Tuesday.
According to MSU police, Brian Fraser was a sophomore from Grosse Pointe and Alexandria Verner was a junior from Clawson, both attending MSU. Arielle Anderson's family has confirmed that she graduated from Grosse Pointe North High School.
Clawson High School district announced in a statement that Verner, a junior, had graduated in 2020. Police and Fraser's Facebook page report that he was a sophomore at MSU and graduated from Grosse Pointe South High.
Alexandria Verner was remembered as a “tremendous” student, athlete and leader, who “exemplified kindness every day of her life!” The district leader stated that she attended Baker Preschool, followed by Schalm Elementary School, and concluded her education journey at Clawson Middle and High School. Her parents, Ted and Nancy, and sister Charlotte and brother TJ are “equally grieving, but are certainly already feeling the uplifting support of this tremendous community,” he wrote.
Arielle Anderson was a bright, inspiring, and a humble young lady, said April Davis, her maternal grandmother. On Saturday night, Anderson stayed at her grandmother's house in Davis' home and had her own room. Her aspiration was to become a pediatric doctor. “We lost our precious daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, cousin, and friend, Arielle Anderson. She means the world to us. As much as we loved her, she loved us and others even more. She was passionate about helping her friends and family, assisting children and serving people.
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