I grew up in Austin, TX, attended the University of Texas and recently received my "ten year pin" for my time working at the University (I haven't quite spent my whole career there).
If you aren't aware, after killing his mother and wife, Charles Whitman climbed to the top of the tower at the center of the University of Texas campus - a building which is over 27 stories - and killed people on the stairwell and then began shooting from the observation deck.
Whitman killed 16 people (in 2001, a 17th died of complications for injuries sustained that day), and more than 30 additional people were wounded.
At the time, Austin was a sleepy college town in the middle of a long, hot summer, and summer session is never the busiest of times on campus. The impact was devastating, and the shootings were still discussed and an impetus for campus policy when I was there in the 1990's.
Watching just the trailer, I was surprised that my reaction was genuinely visceral. I've been up in the elevator, I've stood on the observation deck, I walk across the plaza routinely, and those are all places I live and work. And I am well aware all of this happened here. And could happen again tomorrow. After all, we had an active shooter in my building just about five years ago.
The after effects of the tower shootings were larger than you'd believe. The event helped lead to the establishment of campus PD's across the country as well as SWAT team development.
This film looks to cover the personal stories of the victims, and I'd rather that be told than another step-by-step recounting of Whitman's final days and hours. Good people were caught in the massacre, and it's important to remember all of them as well.
Looking forward to the film.