Exactly two weeks, to the minute, after the first shots of the Michigan State mass shooting were reported, Beaumont Tower lit up green in honor of the victims and in support of the entire Spartan community.
Minutes before the tower turned green, a crowd gathered in a half circle listening to the bells ring the tune of MSU Shadows, Michigan State’s official alma mater. At the end of the song, the bells rang eight times.
Ring. Ring. Ring. For Arielle Anderson, Alexandria Verner and Brian Fraser.
Ring. Ring. Ring. Ring. Ring. For Guadalupe Huapilla-Perez, Nate Statly, John Hao, Troy Forbush and the fifth unnamed victim.
At 8:18 p.m., green lights surrounding the tower turned on, lighting Beaumont green from top to bottom on all four sides. The crowd stood in complete silence for three minutes until people began to disperse.
Senior Cooper Burton joined the crowd alongside several members of his A Capella group, Capital Green. The group was together on Feb. 13 when the shooting occurred.
“It's helpful to have things like this, even if it's like a small thing,” Burton said. “Even when it feels like everybody else has moved on, it's important to keep having reminders of what happened. We can move on and resume our normal lives but still remember and memorialize what happened.”