Wednesday, September 05, 2007

A Very Senseless Death

(Graham Greenlee Hall) Tucson, Arizona. Your humble blogger had to get stuck for some blood this morning, and walking from the University of Arizona Health Center towards the mall, I saw over a dozen police vehicles and TV News vans just south of the science library. WTF?

I know now. Anyone watching the local news sites has learned that early this morning in the Graham Greenlee hall an altercation between students turned lethal, and Native American Mia Henderson lost a lot more blood than I did today, enough to kill her.

Details remain a little sketchy. The initial reports suggest the poor kid was a freshmen from Tuba City, just a couple weeks into her new life on campus.

I don't understand.

UPDATE As provided by a comment below, according to Breit Bart, Henderson filed a property theft report on August 28th naming her roommate as the suspect, who was apparently taking items from her purse. The whole thing is tragic.

8 Comments:

Blogger Liza said...

Some of the reports right now are saying that Ms. Henderson stabbed her roommate then committed suicide. I find that unbelievable, but perhaps I've seen too many episodes of "Forensic Files." I hope they can figure out what happened.

9/05/2007 2:43 PM  
Anonymous the doctor said...

This is terrible. An 18 year old girl has lost her life.

Like Liza, I hope the truth can be learned. Even better would be some kind of program delivered to incoming freshmen as part of their orientation.

x4mr is right. What a stupid, senseless death of a girl whose life had just begun.

9/05/2007 2:59 PM  
Blogger AZW88 said...

Liza, the rumor of it being a suicide has been dismissed. Apparently some schmuck walking nearby started the rumor and AP and other wire services pick up on it. They later retracted it.
It is clearly a very sad situation for all involved.
Since this part of the dorm was for native American students, I worry that traditional beliefs could cause problems down the line.

Death and anything related to death is very taboo among the Navajo. Some parents will want to pull their students out of the dorm, some will even want their kids out of the University all together. Some will want to attribute this incident to evil spirits, looking to place blame anywhere and everywhere. (I've seen it happen too often during 17+ years on or connected to the Rez).

My thoughts go out to the family of this young lady. By all accounts she was a bright, gifted student that came from a good family.

9/05/2007 4:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now on drudgereport:

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8RFJ2M81&show_article=1

9/05/2007 5:27 PM  
Blogger x4mr said...

Thanks for the link. I posted it.

9/05/2007 6:54 PM  
Anonymous Scarlett Letter said...

The roommate has been charged with murder and taken to Pima County Jail. Very tragic. But it could have happened anywhere, so please don't blame the university or criticize the way it was handled. I'm sure there are lots of as-yet unreported facts. If this had happened 2 blocks off campus, it would be just another Tucson crime happening. The students are screaming for more notification -- e-mail (guess you have to be out of bed before 10 to be informed), phone calls (do you want to register your cell phone with the UA?), Amber Alerts (again you have to be up and about to get the info.)
Folks, stuff happens. Tragedies, murders, accidents. Welcome to the "real world"? It sucks. We all know. Deal.

9/05/2007 7:32 PM  
Blogger x4mr said...

The university handled this well. We cannot turn our colleges or even our high schools into high security prisons with metal detectors, and even if we did, such events could still occur.

We'll know more when everything comes out, but I know that the university works very hard to make the campus as safe as possible.

Obviously I have no clue what happened between these two girls. It is tragic that neither knew how to "walk away."
One is dead. The other is ruined.

9/05/2007 8:16 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

It's hard to imagine that the victim could have seen this coming or walked away. Women typically do not settle their disputes in this manner unless they are in one of those girl gangs in LA.

There is a certain percentage of the population walking among us and they are not operating with the same set of rules as most of us for various reasons. It's just bad luck if one of them should cross your path.

It sounds as though the victim, Mia Henderson, was already on her way and had a lot to look forward to. Another tragic loss, especially for the Navajo Nation.

9/06/2007 8:14 AM  

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