Officials say Drake student's death s...

Officials say Drake student's death self-inflicted

There are 26 comments on the WHOtv story from May 3, 2010, titled Officials say Drake student's death self-inflicted. In it, WHOtv reports that:

State investigators say a Drake University student who died after he was found leaning over a bridge rail near Indianola was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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Iowa Mom

United States

#1 May 3, 2010
Why does the public think they have a right to know the circumstances behind the death of this families son? Why do reporters and police publicize information about the possible crime that could hinder the investigation?

I just don't understand the obsession of everyone knowing everything about everybody and reporters that run to find out the information first.

Marshalltown, IA

#2 May 3, 2010
I know friends of this family and while it's sad, it's also necessary for the public to know that there's not another murderer in the state.
What a joke

United States

#3 May 3, 2010
This case is way wierd!

Chanhassen, MN

#4 May 3, 2010
Do they have any pictures that doesn't make him look like a little girl? What crime did he witness? Was it the one in Ames? He donated organs, so, I'm guessing he didn't have Aids yet.





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West Des Moines, IA

#5 May 3, 2010
Bvan----you are an idiot. Do not judge/accuse him of looking like a girl. Being gay is not a crime nor should anyone be ashamed of it. As for the AIDS comment, you are sick and obviously clueless, b/c anyone can contract AIDS/HIV through sex, drugs or blood contamination-as for saying yet, well I guess you don't have it YET either!!!!

Ottumwa, IA

#6 May 3, 2010
Bvan, stop being a cyber bully! I'm sure you are doing this to get attention and you have gotten my attention clearly if I am replying. Ben was a great kid and you have no right to say anything of these hurtful things because clearly you didn't even know him. I feel horrible about what has happened to him. He was a great person and will truly be missed. RIP Ben.
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Urbandale, IA

#7 May 3, 2010
I don't know people are screaming for facts in this case when they're obviously perfectly capable of making up their own and have been doing so since day one. Some of the people who post on WHO and KCCI's site are delusional. There's no other word for them.

Streamwood, IL

#8 May 3, 2010
Shame on you Bvan! You should find a better way to display your ignorance and ill spirit than to post such derogatory comments to a dead promising human being. Ben was an extraordinary young men, he was caring, generous, very very smart, great student and friend to many, and most of all He loved God in a special way. He was a gentleman, something that will be very hard for you to understand. Yes, He donated his organs and they were clean and young just like his spirit. You see, he kept on giving after his death. And one thing I can asure you He would have never post the cowardly, racist statements that you wrote. Shame on you!!

Osceola, IA

#9 May 3, 2010
I hope his spirit haunts you and your family to a grisly death.
Former Iowa resident

Nashville, TN

#10 May 3, 2010
does anyone find it odd that he had zip-ties around his wrist?

Des Moines, IA

#11 May 3, 2010
As a close friend of Ben and his family, it would be nice if people would quit speculating on the details of this tragedy. Ben was one of my best friends and BVAN YOU ARE SO INCONSIDERATE AND THE BIGGEST IDIOT ON THIS PLANET! I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU COULD BE SUCH A HORRIBLE PERSON! I can assure you that Ben was not or has never been gay because we also dated at one point! Not all of the details have been given out yet, and everyone just needs to stop talking about every detail that comes along! If you were a family member or close friend, would you like people posting ridiculous comments? This tragedy is sad enough as it is!
DSM runner

United States

#12 May 3, 2010
I'm with you Former Iowa resident. I can't figure out how he beat himself up terribly, zip-tied his wrists, shot himself & then got rid of the gun so well that the police still can't find it. I do not believe this whole "self inflicted" theory. Something is not right here.

Milton, FL

#13 May 3, 2010
I am confused when I initially read that there was a "brutal assault", then a "severe assault", then "a homicide", now a single shot suicide.

RIP, buddy. It doesn't matter to me how or why, I just know that I was honored to know you and you changed my life forever. Thank you.

Milton, FL

#14 May 3, 2010
People need to have a little respect for him and his family. I think it is horrible what some of the comments are on here. My prayers are with his family, God Bless you.

United States

#15 May 3, 2010
First my thoughts go out to the parents and family. How could he of shot his self with zip ties on his wrist?? Very Strange...
How did he get so far from Drake? Was he from Indianola?

Ankeny, IA

#16 May 3, 2010
Maybe the DCI needs to investigate this BVAN sounds like there is a lot of bitterness with the statments they are saying about Backstrom

Webster City, IA

#18 May 3, 2010
May God Bless you DrakeMom!
wow just wow

Des Moines, IA

#19 May 3, 2010
hey "stop crying", which kid was nuts?

Berlin, MD

#20 May 3, 2010
I have decoded BVAN
B= bigoted
V= voracious
A= amoral
N= narcissist

Adel, GA

#21 May 3, 2010
For those of you being disrespectful idiots- I've known Ben and his family his entire life, and never has he been homosexual. The means and details in which this tragedy happened isn't what really matters. What really matters is that our world has lost one of the most extraordinary people I have ever encountered. Ben was brilliant, and so caring and loving, it disgusts me to see these disrespectful and derogatory remarks. Please show some decency and respect, that is what the Backstroms deserve.

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