The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is prohibited by identifying the Umpqua Community College mass killer by name and asked main stream media to do the same.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
October 2, 2015
Roseburg, Oregon – On Friday, Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin confirmed that his office has been prohibited from identifying the Umpqua Community College (UCC) mass killer by name. Sheriff Hanling won’t even mention Chris Harper Mercer, 26, by name and asked the main stream media to do the same. He will let the Douglas County Coroner to identify Mercer, but Mercer has already been identified by mass media throughout the nation.
Some might say, that Sheriff Hanlin is doing a disservice to the community it serves by not identifying the deceased murder suspect who killed at least 10 people including himself with a self-inflicted wound and wounded 7 at the UCC campus. Hanlin stated, “…We have information that leads us to believe we know who the shooter is. The official ID will come from the medical examiner’s office.
“Let me be very clear: I will not name the shooter. I will not give him credit for this horrific act of cowardice. Media will get the name confirmed in time… but you will never hear us use it.
“We would encourage media and the community to avoid using it, repeating it, or engaging in any glorification and sensationalization of him. He in no way deserves it. Focus your attention on the victims and their families and helping them to recover…”Mercer was a student at UCC and targeted Christians on Thursday. He commited suicide during a confrontation with several Roseburg police officers and an Oregon State trooper, according to the State of Oregon Coroner’s report.
Nine deceased Umpqua Community College victims were identified:
● Lucero Alcaraz, 19,
● Treven Taylor Anspach, 20,
● Rebecka Ann Carnes, 18,
● Quinn Glen Cooper, 18,
● Kim Saltmarsh Dietz, 59,
● Lucas Eibel, 18,
● Jason Dale Johnson, 34,
● Lawrence Levine, 67, (teacher)
● Sarena Dawn Moore, 44.