Rebecca Griego did everything right to get away from her psychotic ex. When her ex-boyfriend started stalking her she moved, she changed her phone number, she warned her fellow employees - even sent around pictures of him, didn't answer her work phone and she got a restraining order. She protected herself the only ways that she could. She was not allowed to bring a gun on campus as they are banned.
With all the above safely measures that she was forced to do - it didn't matter. The ex went to her work and killed her. Shot her twice. She was in a scary relationship with this guy - ended it and moved on - changed just about everything that she could change.
It's a sad day at UW. The letter from the UW President says it all:
Today we lost a member of our community in a shocking, senseless act of violence when one of our staff members was killed in her office in a murder-suicide. We mourn the tragic loss of our colleague, and our hearts go out to her family and friends.Incidents like this, sadly, occur all too often. We read or hear about them in the news. While they make no sense, most of us are insulated from them somewhat because they happen somewhere else, not close to us. When something horrible like this happens on our own campus, the aftermath is even more wrenching. I encourage members of our UW community struggling with the effects of this tragedy to avail themselves of the free services for crisis and grief counseling offered through the University. The University will do everything it possibly can to assist in dealing with this terrible event.I want to express my gratitude to everyone who responded to this crisis with aid and support. On behalf of our entire community, I express my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of our departed colleague.