Michigan State, Michigan, stands united after pre-game tragedy

The scene was incongruous, and yet it fit the moment. At Michigan basketball’s home ground, a wisp of green lit up the lower bowl and court at its base. The Michigan state primary color covered the Crisler Center, the Spartans’ ceremonial alma mater trilled, and a corn-clad crowd stood in silence.

It was a rival’s somber tribute to a university beset by tragedy last Monday when a gunman opened fire on East Lansing’s sprawling campus, turning an entire community upside down.

Three MSU students – Arielle Anderson, Alexandria Verner and Brian Fraser – were killed. Five others were injured. Countless others were affected and traumatized by the terror.

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