Lindenwood Student Dies From Self-Inf...

Lindenwood Student Dies From Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound

There are 97 comments on the Fox2Now story from Apr 19, 2010, titled Lindenwood Student Dies From Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound. In it, Fox2Now reports that:

Tragedy strikes the campus of Lindenwood University. The St. Charles Police Department confirms a 19 year old male student died from a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound Monday evening.

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LU student

Saint Peters, MO

#23 Apr 19, 2010
I just heard of this tragedy and I am thankful that there are counselors available on campus, I know that many are mourning. My prayers are with this young man's family and friends.
Loving friend

Lake Saint Louis, MO

#24 Apr 19, 2010
EKS wrote:
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By saying he had a shotgun, ram wasn't implying he wasn't a good friend; maybe he was just saying that maybe there should be stricter gun control and that it should not be this easy for kids to obtain firearms.
so you're saying a school with a shooting team shouldnt be allowed to have guns?... makes alot of sense! and also, if he likes to hunt and target practice for his own enjoyment, who is ANYONE to stop him! NOT the government for sure!
jack

United States

#25 Apr 19, 2010
My prayers go out to his family. I not looking for a fight, but I have a family member that committed suicide. So I say this from experience that this act was selfish. I'm sure someone will comment back a regarding the fact that it is not fair to pass judgement. But I remember being upset that my brother never came to me to talk. People deal with things differently, but giving up is the ultimate slap in the face to those less fortunate.
Cindy Aslin

Saint Louis, MO

#26 Apr 19, 2010
What a GREAT kid he was... funny, caring, helpful, loving.. He will be missed so much by my family. Our prayers go out to his family.

Please dont judge people you dont know at a time like this, keep all meanness away and only show your love for his family and friends.
LU student 08

Saint Peters, MO

#28 Apr 19, 2010
My prayers go to his family and friends. schools should not let students keep firearms in their dorms or college housing. I hope the school to take drastic measures to be more RESPONSIBLE>>> they worry more about keeping the STUDENTS away from their boyfriend & girlfriends room! SPECIALLY the womens RD. THEY SHOULD WORRY ABOUT KEEPING THE SCHOOL SAFE!! GUNS!! COME ON LINDENWOOD STAFF & SECURITY ... YOU should been MORE RESPONSIBLE!!
guest

United States

#27 Apr 19, 2010
First and foremost, I want to pass on my condolences to the family of this young man. I do not attend LU and did not know him. Except for a few remarks made by ignorant people the general consensus is that he was a nice person and no one saw this coming.

I'm not trying to take from the magnitude of the loss, but maybe this should be a wake up call for everyone else. There are many hurting people out there and even more who no one would suspect being capable of something like this. No one can know the value of a smile or cheerful word but maybe with more kindness we can help reduce meaningless tragedies like this.
Wakeupcall

United States

#29 Apr 19, 2010
Councelors in the student development office at 9am tomorrow
Andrew

Foristell, MO

#30 Apr 19, 2010
I go to LU and i didnt know him either but my heart goes out to the family! Its scary to actually think someone did that to himself at your own school! Wow, so sad!
another LU student

Saint Charles, MO

#31 Apr 19, 2010
this is a disaster. EKS dont defend ram. it's far too soon for his bull****. that goes for hangem too. nice joke a**hole. that was about as funny as it was called for.
jack

United States

#32 Apr 19, 2010
Cindy Aslin wrote:
What a GREAT kid he was... funny, caring, helpful, loving.. He will be missed so much by my family. Our prayers go out to his family.
Please dont judge people you dont know at a time like this, keep all meanness away and only show your love for his family and friends.
When is a good time...weeks... years
I don't mean to sound insensative, but this has happen too many times. People need to learn to ask for help. It doesn't help to give attention to a situation like this. Sorry to the parents of this young man, a person in did the same thing and no one here cares because they are not affected by it.
a close friend

Saint Louis, MO

#33 Apr 19, 2010
Brandon you will surely be missed. Your were like family to me and I never new that this could possibly happen. Your family is in my prayers. For those of you that don't know Brandon he was a young and probably one of the greatest guys you would ever meet. He was so generous and polite. He was a great big brother who his younger siblings who looked up to so much.He was a self motivated guy who had started his own lawn care business and everything. I would have never imagined anything like this could happen, especially to a guy who had so much going for him. Brandon you will truly be missed more than you will ever know. My whole family and I will miss you dearly. We love you!
Lynn

Lake Saint Louis, MO

#34 Apr 19, 2010
RIP-B. Pyles.
You'll Be Missed.
Person

Lake Saint Louis, MO

#35 Apr 19, 2010
So Sad, Very Tragic.
My Prayers Go Out To The Pyles Family.
Rest In Peace Brandon.
Susan Reese

Boone, NC

#37 Apr 19, 2010
My prayers for his family and friends as they try to come to terms with this. My kids are speaking of him as a great guy who they would never have expected to take his life. The shock of this is only matched by the grief of missing a boy who always smiled and spoke kindly to all. A Richard Cory for our time.
LUvballGIRL

Wright City, MO

#38 Apr 19, 2010
Brandon you will be missed...

Everyone needs to stop fighting amongst themselves. The family needs prayers and uplifting words, not the crap that is going on above... Sure everything is a guessing game, sure this is unfair and it hurts... but there IS a time and place for things to be said. Within 24 hours of parents finding out their child is dead is not the time to start B!+(h!ng people out!

I go to school at LU and I play volleyball there... today we lost a member of our FAMILY.
Prayers and Love to the family... you had a great son, and now you have an amazing angel watching over you..
Stay strong LU
somebodys mom

Saint Louis, MO

#39 Apr 19, 2010
I'm so sorry.
Family Friend

Saint Louis, MO

#40 Apr 19, 2010
Commenters: Please keep in mind his family will likely read this. We don't need to make this about us or argue back and forth. Some people are clearly being insensitive but lets end it now and put the focus of these comments back to where it should be: SUPPORTING THOSE HURTING FROM THIS LOSS This family is a Christian family who needs your prayers, not hurtful comments.

This is a very real issue and I am so happy one person "WAKEUPCALL" learned from this experience. Thank God a MIRACLE happend in your life tonight in the midst of this family's trajedy.
Scoke

United States

#41 Apr 19, 2010
Because I'm sure the student's family would want you to all be arguing with an internet troll on the webpage for the news story. Good job, guys.

To be honest, Lindenwood University had this coming. Just last year there was an incident with weapons in the dormitories, and instead of increasing room checks for weapons and other paraphernalia, the school board told the resident advisers and directors to stop said room checks, because it "violated the students' privacy," and they were getting complaints about it. In training, the RAs were taught about how to deal with situations like this, and what to look out for. Well, if they can't search for weapons, like what this student had in his dorm room, then how are they supposed to stop incidents like this from happening? And what if this student was someone who had ideas about taking other people down with him?

Lindenwood better shape up their safety measures on campus, or they'll probably suffer more instances like this one.
Previous LU RD

Park Hills, MO

#42 Apr 19, 2010
I graduated from LU in 2005 and was a RD for one of the female dorms on campus during my time there. I have to remind all of you that at a college all of the those living in dorms are technically adults.

As a RD or RA you are there primarily to act as landlords in residence. A secondary benefit is that you are a go between for the student and administration should the student need anything, but you are not there to run their lives or check their rooms. Yes maybe someone could have seen the signs that he needed help, but people tend to put on a brace face for others.

This is a tragedy plain and simple. Don't blame LU, the staff, or dorm RA's and RD for this. If a person really feels there is no hope, they will figure out how to end their life. My prayers go out the family and all the people at LU.
Crying

Saint Peters, MO

#43 Apr 19, 2010
I was reading these comments because my son is a LU student who didn't know him, but still my heart was broken for this kid. When I got to the comments that revealed his identity, I was SHOCKED and HEARTBROKEN to discover that I knew him! I was a teacher's aide at the elementary school he attended. I remember him as a cute kid who always had a smile on his face. I have tears streaming down my face. God bless the family - I cannot imagine your pain. May Jesus give you comfort like only He can!!

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