Last Thursday (November 20th), Florida State University alum, Myron May, walked onto the college’s campus and shot 21-year-old student Farhan “Ronny” Ahmed three times outside of Strozier Library. Ahmed became the first victim in the shooting before May headed into the library and shot two others. He was gunned down by police and was the only person that suffered fatal wounds. Now, supporters from all over are heading to YouCaring to help raise $100,000 for Ahmed’s recovery.
During the shooting, Ahmed sustained a serious injury to his spinal cord, along with his arm and chest. While he continues to remain strong in the ICU at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, his family confirmed on Monday (November 24th) during a press conference that he was paralyzed from the waist down and unfortunately is not expected to walk again.
While delivering the heartbreaking news, Ahmed’s sister, Farhana Ahmed, noted, “I just wanted to take this time to really thank everybody in the community who have come to his aid and have given him their support and have supported our family throughout this really hard time. I know the first people on the scene were the police, who if not for their quick response, probably a lot more students would have gotten hurt and Ronny himself was probably saved by the quickness of their actions.”
Explaining why he started the crowdfunding project, fellow classmate Chase Roberts, noted, “We are trying to set up a medical trust to support the family with medical expenses and long term care. Please help with anything you can, and sincere thanks for your kindness, generosity, and prayers.”
On Friday (November 21st) President of Florida State, John Thrasher, released a statement that shared,”As we come together as a Seminole family, I’d like to ask all of you to continue to keep the victims of last week’s shooting and their families in your thoughts and prayers. This tragedy has touched all of us in the FSU community, and our hearts especially hurt for the hundreds of students who were at Strozier Library when this senseless incident took place. They need our support as we heal.
“We should be proud of our Florida State University and Tallahassee police departments and all of the first-responders for taking such quick and decisive action to prevent further tragedy. They are truly heroes. We have increased security measures and are providing a strong law enforcement presence on and around campus. I have great confidence in the abilities of our local law enforcement agencies to serve and protect our community.
Those who were identified as the two other victims were Florida State University student, Elijah Velez, along with library employee and alum, Nathan Scott. Velez was treated on the campus for a grazing would on the campus and was released that night while Scott reportedly left the hospital the next day.
Since its launch, the campaign has raised $34,340. It is set to close on February 1st.
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