The coverage by the Yale Daily News during this disturbing time has been remarkable; they’ve managed to present the facts in a non-sensationalist manner and without jumping to conclusions. Which hasn’t been the case for all the publications that have covered this story. Unfortunately, good journalism hasn’t alleviated any of the pain that the campus is feeling over Annie Le’s violent murder. At Monday’s candle light vigil, hundreds of members of the Yale and New Haven community gathered with candles for a moment of silence and a few words from Annie’s roommate and President Levin. After the gathering, when everyone still lingered in somber silence, a student, looking out on the courtyard from his room, began to play “Amazing Grace” on the violin. Even the most unsentimental (eg, me) got choked up as people began softly humming along. Though multiple video cameras and notepad-toting journalists got a tad invasive at times.
I guess what is most frightening about this situation is that the crime was committed by someone within the Yale community, inside of a heavily-secure Yale research lab. Students already know to worry about walking in New Haven alone at night (or even in the day, in light of a recent 11:00am mugging). But now we have to worry everywhere, and question everyone? I guess this situation isn’t particular to Yale itself; it could have happened anywhere, in any building, by any unsuspecting employee.