Seattle Pacific back in session after shooting


by TERESA YUAN / KING 5 News and Associated Press

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 7:17 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 9 at 6:06 PM

SEATTLE – Thousands of Seattle Pacific University students return to school Monday after last week’s shooting that killed a freshman and injured two other people.

School officials say classes, final exams and graduations will resume as scheduled this week.

Otto Miller Hall, where the shooting happened, remains closed. Students who were scheduled to have final exams at Otto Miller Hall are asked to check with professor for the new location of final exam.

There continues to be a outpouring of support for Jon Meis, the building monitor credited with stopping the shooter. An online fundraiser has raised nearly $50,000 to pay for a honeymoon for Meis and his fiancé. The couple’s wedding registry has also been filled.

A fundraising page to cover the costs of Paul Lee's funeral and Sarah Williams' medical care is nearing $15,000. Another page started by Williams' family had raised over $5,000. More donations are expected.

A lone gunman armed with a shotgun opened fire, killing Lee, 19, and wounding Williams, 19, who remains hospitalized. She was upgraded to stable condition Sunday evening at Harborview Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said. The other injured student has been released from the hospital.

The suspect, Aaron Ybarra, 26, is being held without bail. Police said in court documents that Ybarra, who has no known connection to the university, was planning to kill as many people as he could before committing suicide. The quick action by Meis likely saved lives, police said.

Jon Meis' brother spoke of mercy and forgiveness at a church service Sunday.

“The city and nation are watching how this community responds. We can offer mercy and forgiveness in a place where there seems to be only hatred,” said Chad Meis.

There will be another prayer service Monday at St. Anne Catholic Church at 7:00 p.m.