Roughriders remember Virginia Tech shooting after U of A shooting

Three players were at Virginia Tech in 2007
Reported by Joel Gasson
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A shooting at the University of Alberta last week is something three members of the Roughriders can relate to because they once lived through one of the deadliest shootings in IU.S. history on another university campus.

When the news broke of the armoured car shooting in Edmonton last week it brought back a rush of memories for three Regina football players.

It was in April 2007, when one man opened fire on the Virginia Tech campus, killing 32 people and injuring 17 more. Defensive back Macho Harris, wide receiver Justin Harper and defensive end Chris Ellis were all part of the school's football team that year.

Harper was actually pretty close to the scene of the shooting, when headed to english class that fateful day.

"My building was probably actually about 70 to 100 yards away from Pamplin," Harper said.

Harris says that similar events always bring back a rush of memories.

"It definitely does, it's said to say things like that happen to certain universities but you know, it's part of life," Harris said.

For all of them, it really put what they did into perspective, but at the same time Ellis says the team was able to bring the community back together

"Even in a campus that big with 30,000 people it hit close to home and we all felt it," Ellis explained.

All three players say that they now have a very close friendship because of that year.

Edited by News Talk Radio's Adriana Christianson