Mass Murder Week 4/15-4/20
April 15, 2013: Brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev planted two pressure cooker bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, which exploded seconds between each other killing three individuals and severely wounding about 264 others. The two were able to evade capture for a couple of days, but on April 18 they engaged in a gun fight with police that left one officer dead and Tamerlan Tsarnaev wounded from gun shots. In an attempt to escape, Dzhokhar ran over his brother, which he did not survive from and was pronounced dead at the scene. The manhunt ended on April 19 when officials found Dzhokhar hiding in a boat in a resident’s backyard. Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to 30 charges and is awaiting trial that is set for November 3, 2014.
April 16, 2007: In the morning hours, Seung-Hui Cho entered his college campus, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia with a 9 mm Glock 19 handgun and a .22-caliber Walther P22 handgun murdering 32 students and injuring 17 others before killing himself. There were two separate attacks, the first one occurring in West Ambler Johnston Hall where two students were killed. After he had already killed these two, he returned to his dorm room to get rid of his hard drive and went to the post office to mail his writings and video recordings to NBC News. Cho then moved to Norris Hall with his two handguns, entering several classrooms killing 30 people within around eight minutes. After the carnage was over, he used the Glock handgun to shoot a bullet into his right temple, killing him instantly in one of the classrooms.
April 19, 1995: Commonly known as the Oklahoma City bombing, Timothy McVeigh parked a Ryder truck in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building that contained an ammonium nitrate, liquid nitromethane, and Tovex homemade bomb. A couple minutes after 9:00 AM, the bomb detonated completely obliterating one third of the building and killing 168 individuals with over 650 injured, including women and children. The explosion was felt hundreds of miles away, and it caused millions of dollars in damage. McVeigh was arrested almost immediately after the bombing and taken into custody. Terry Nichols, a close associate with Timothy McVeigh, was charged and found guilty for helping McVeigh obtain the materials and build the bomb, as well as eight counts of involuntary manslaughter. Nichols was spared his life, though and is serving life without parole. Michael Fortier was charged and found guilty of knowing that the crime was going to happen and served 12 years. McVeigh was found guilty of 11 counts of murder and conspiracy and was sentenced to death. He was executed June 11, 2001.
April 19, 1993: This date represents the Waco siege or Waco massacre where the compound of the Branch Davidians, a religious group (cult), was invaded by federal officials that resulted in the compound being burned to the ground causing the deaths of 76 people inside, including the leader, David Koresh. This lasted a total of 51 days with the FBI’s original intent to serve warrants for the use of illegal firearms. The raid sparked controversy within federal hierarchy, and outraged many individuals in the public.
April 20, 1999: Columbine High School is the source of one of the most infamous school shootings in history that strikes interest in anyone who hears of it. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold planned to bomb their high school cafeteria killing more than 500 of their fellow students. The bombs they had planted failed, so they approached the school with their two shotguns, one rifle, and a Tec 9 succeeding in killing 12 students and one teacher before killing themselves in the library. This massacre changed the nation, in regards to security measures and bullying schools. Eric and Dylan also forever altered the culture of school shootings.