Joshua Hathaway was shot and killed at Liberty University. This happened on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at around 4AM. The Liberty freshman was killed by a campus police officer who has since been put on paid leave. Lynchburg police are investigating the situation.
Crimes by campus police across the nation have been making the news. There was a shooting at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. The University revealed the name of Cpl Chris Carter as being the shooter of senior Cameron Reedus. The police portrayed Reedus as aggressive. Cpl Carter said that Reedus had him fearing for his life. The Reedus family released the following statement:
Our family does not believe the officer’s report. Cameron has never been an aggressive or confrontational person. Cameron’s friends have said the same thing about him.
For him to confront a police officer would be completely out of his character.
We understand that the Texas Rangers and Alamo Heights police have begun a formal investigation into events leading to Cameron’s death. We are confident, because we knew Cameron, that the investigation will show that Cameron was not armed when the police officer shot him.
No such statement has come forth from supporters of Joshua Hathaway. Liberty University and Lynchburg police are not releasing any details on the shooter. They are, however, releasing a few incriminating details concerning the victim.
Joshua Hathaway is portrayed as a brilliant student who went nuts and attacked the guard with a hammer. He was remembered as ‘extremely smart, funny, and generous’ at his memorial service. Kent Anderson, Liberty’s Dean of Students, in ‘Friends Attend Memorial Service of Fellow Student’, published at Liberty University’s website, remarked that Hathaway is now ‘in a better place’.
Those who knew Hathaway have been expressing themselves in the comment sections of articles.
“Had this been like any story to me, I would think the same as everyone else. But I actually knew him, and that changes things.” wrote ‘Adam’, in response to this article from International Business Times. “This is extremely not like this young man.”