Community host vigil for Texas Tech officer

TTU students writing handwritten cards for Officer East

Detective Thomas Bonds of the Lubbock City Police Department told reporters Daniels wasn't handcuffed, but another officer was in the room as East was filing out paperwork.

The officers found drug paraphernalia in the room, and when Daniels arrived, arrested him, and took him to the university police station, Bonath said.

"First and foremost, our hearts go out to the family of the police officer killed at Texas Tech University", Texas Governor Greg Abbott said in a statement. "Today is a time for us to mourn and reflect as we stand together to not only honor the fearless officer but also to honor the men and women who risk their lives every day".

"We have a lot of officers that are alumni of Texas Tech".

Hollis Daniels, 19, grew up in Seguin, Texas just half an hour away from New Braunsfels.

Officer East is survived by his wife, Carmen, and his two daughters, Ana and Monica.

The Texas Tech football stadium was lit up in blue last night to honor Floyd East Jr.


Daniels was recaptured near the campus. "After Aug. 1, it is still a felonious act to have an unlicensed weapon on campus, to carry a weapon on campus that's unlicensed".

But faculties and students at universities across Texas conducted petition drives against the campus-carry laws and some faculty members have moved to universities in other states.

Lisa Moore, an English professor at the University of Texas in Austin, has been locked in a legal battle to overturn the law since 2015.

Christopher Smith, a professor of musicology at Texas Tech, said he believed concealed handguns had no place on college campuses, whether they were licensed or not. The police report only states Daniels was arrested for possession of a controlled substance following a student welfare check. More than a dozen had at least one gun-related report, including aggravated robbery and an accidental discharge in a dorm. It wasn't clear whether the chief meant they called the center before or after East was shot, and school officials didn't respond to messages seeking additional details.

Although he's a registered gun owner, Smith said he has been a vocal opponent of the "campus carry" law because of incidents like Monday's shooting.

Newbern said that in the aftermath of a shooting, licensed and responsible gun owners are often unfairly lumped with violent criminals. "The question is if we only want the ones that are there to be illegal". He was the second officer to die on the job this year, Riesling said, and there were two officers killed in 2016 as well.

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