Statement from Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown on the Tragedy at Frostburg State University
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (April 20, 2010) – Later today, Frostburg State University will hold a vigil remembering the life of Brandon Carroll and offering prayers for the speedy recovery of Ellis Hartridge. Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown released the following statement today offering his condolences to the Frostburg State University community:
“I am heartbroken and saddened by the senseless violent act that took one life and severely wounded another. My prayers and those of all Marylanders are with Brandon Carroll’s family and friends, as well as the entire Frostburg community, during this difficult time. I know our prayers cannot change what transpired, but I hope they can bring Brandon’s family the strength and comfort they need and give Ellis Hartridge the courage to make a full and speedy recovery. In our mourning, all Marylanders are Frostburg Bobcats and we are all part of that strong community.
“Two nights before this shooting, I had the opportunity to join Dr. Gibralter and 200 students for the annual Harmony Walk and spoke at the University’s annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I urge the entire Frostburg community to embrace Dr. King’s legacy and his words that helped unite our once divided nation as they mourn the loss of their classmate, teammate and friend.
“We have made tremendous progress in recent years to reduce violent crime and improve public safety. Tragedies like this, though, are too real reminders that we have more work ahead of us.”
Brandon Carroll, a Waldorf resident and member of the Frostburg State University men’s basketball team, was killed in an off campus incident on Saturday night. Ellis Hartridge, a resident of the District of Columbia and a teammate of Carroll’s, was also shot and is in stable condition after surgery.