Over the weekend, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill observed the first anniversary of the day when an alumnus drove through a main campus center, striking nine people, in order to "avenge the deaths of Muslims around the world." None of the nine people struck were seriously injured, but the memory of the alum's rented Jeep Grand Cherokee accelerating into the place called the Pit still haunts them. "Walking to the Pit, for a little while at least, I used to be aware of how far away I was from cover, so that I could interpose a tree between me and any other vehicle," one professor tells the Tar Heel. Another student, who was not a victim, says he is still cautious. "Anytime I see a vehicle on campus, even the maintenance vehicles, I'm always watching them."
The alum, a native of Iran, is now being held in a Raleigh prison, awaiting $5.5 million bail for 18 felony charges. He is scheduled to appear in court for a pretrial hearing later this month.