After a murder-suicide that University of Maryland, College Park, officials said left the campus in “shock,” about 200 gathered Tuesday night for a memorial vigil.
Dayvon Maurice Green, 23, is alleged to have shot both of his roommates — one fatally — before turning the gun on himself in their backyard around 1 a.m. in the 8700 block of 36th Avenue, according to Prince George’s County police.
Stephen Alex Rane, 22, an undergraduate student from Silver Spring, was found with multiple gunshot wounds on the street in front of the house. He was rushed to a hospital, where he later died, while the second roommate — a 22-year-old undergraduate — suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
“It is terrible that we woke up this morning to such tragic news,” said David Colon Cabrera, UM’s Graduate Student Government president. “These events have left us in shock ... Many are scared, some are mourning.”
University President Wallace Loh delivered opening remarks at the memorial, which was mostly attended by Rane’s classmates and friends.
“How can we make sense of an act so utterly senseless, especially when it comes from one of our own,” Loh said.
The memorial included musical arrangements from a choir as well as acoustic guitar and saxophone performances.
Green suffered from a mental illness was setting small fires in the basement and yard of the home when his roommates were woken up by the flames, police said. Green and the two roommates then went outside, when Green pulled out a handgun and started firing, police said. Neighbors said they heard 10 shots.
Julie Parker, a county police spokeswoman, said Green had legally purchased a 9 mm handgun from a gun store in Baltimore County in December 2012 and a semi-automatic .22 caliber Uzi, which was found fully loaded, from a gun store in Silver Spring in January.
Green was a UM graduate student studying engineering. According to county police, he previously graduated from Morgan State University’s engineering program as an undergraduate, according to police, and was a former intern for NASA at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, according to NASA’s website.
His mental illness diagnosis was not released, though county police did say he had been taking medication for the illness for the last year, prior to purchasing both firearms.
According to online Prince George’s County court records, Green was given a citation for having an alcoholic beverage in a public place in October 2012, but that charge was dropped.
Friends leaving the memorial said Rane, “brought this light with him” to class and was smart, friendly and funny.
“He was overall just a person who would walk into the classroom and everyone would be less stressed out,” said junior Meenu Singh, 20, of Potomac, who said she took an English class with Rane last fall.
UM senior Evan Morsell, 21, said he used to live in the same residence hall as Rane, saying he remembers him as someone calm and compassionate.
“I was really heart-struck when I found out. When you know someone who passed away it changes the entire element of the grieving process,” said Morsell.
Campus leaders said while Tuesday was a day for mourning, the following days are for action and determining how events such as this can be prevented in the future.
“Many are asking, ‘What do we need to change?’ But tonight is a moment for solidarity,” said Loh. “There are lessons to learn, policies to be discussed and changes to be made. But we will not forget. We will act.”