Vigil For Slain LGBT Student Leader At Georgia Tech Turns Violent

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Beck, along with another Georgia Tech Police officer, responded to a 911 call about a person with a knife, and possibly a gun on campus, Saturday night. The 21 year-old gender non-binary student, who was seen in a video of the incident walking toward officers, shouted "shoot me!"

Attendees at the vigil for Scout Schultz said that gathering ended quietly after less than half an hour, and about 20 minutes later a separate gathering developed with chanting, marching and, ultimately, confrontations at the campus police headquarters.

Smoke bombs thrown at police/us, then the @georgiatech police vehicle got torched with a flare under the hood.

On Monday night, Georgia Tech issued alerts urging students to shelter indoors because of violent protests.

The board of directors of Georgia Tech Pride Alliance, for which Schultz served as president for the past two years, released a statement saying the group was deeply saddened by Schultz's death and hailing Schultz's work and dedication on behalf of the organization as an inspiration.

Two police officers received minor injures and one of them was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, a Tech spokesman said.

Three people were arrested and charged with inciting a riot and battery of an officer, a university spokesperson said.

But the family attorney said the blade had been tucked into its holder and that Schultz's arms remained at their sides throughout the police encounter.

"W$3 e ask that those who wish to protest Scout's death do so peacefully". Shultz's mother, Lynn Schultz said.

"While this is a heart-wrenchingly painful time for the entire Georgia Tech community, it is important to know that all of us here at Georgia Tech are committed to providing a safe and healthy, living and learning environment for all of our students, faculty and staff", he wrote.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is now investigating the incident and reviewing all of the circumstances surrounding Scout's death.

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According to the AP, suicide notes were found in the student's dorm room, and Schultz was the one who called 911.

"I don't think there was a single person that didn't love them and cherish them for their involvement in the different causes", Bill Schultz said.

Schultz's family attorney L. Chris Stewart said in a statement, "It's tragic that as Scout was battling mental health issues that pushed them to the edge of desperation, their life was taken with a bullet rather than saved with non-lethal force".

Georgia Tech officials have not released personnel or disciplinary reports on the officers involved, stating such information is exempt from Georgia's open records law, according to the Associated Press.

Police shot and killed Schultz late Saturday night.

Officers can be heard on one of the videos shouting repeatedly, "Nobody wants to hurt you. We believe many of them were not part of our Georgia Tech community, but rather outside agitators intent on disrupting the event".

But Schultz keeps walks forward, slowly and haltingly, advancing first toward one officer, then another, ignoring their commands.

"I am grateful for our students, faculty, staff, campus leaders, and for our campus police".

The 911 call reporting a suspicious person was placed by Schultz.

At least 102 of those cases, including the shooting of Schultz, occurred in 2017.