Tennis Star Remembers Surviving 1996 School Massacre

English: Andy Murray, Australian Open 2010 Qua...

English: Andy Murray, Australian Open 2010 Quarterfinals. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Good Morning America.  More on Andy Murray, Dunblane and the Newtown tragedy.

On that fateful morning, Murray was with his older brother Jamie, who was 10–both had been making their way to the gym, fortunately they were told to hide under a desk in the headmaster’s study and survived the horrific attack. Hamilton had burst into the gym and began firing shots indiscriminately; his victims were aged between 5 and 6 years old. After three minutes, Hamilton turned his gun on himself.

In his book, Murray talks about how he had attended a youth group run by Hamilton and how his mother sometimes gave him rides in her car. Murray writes, “the weirdest thing was that we knew the guy [Hamilton]. He had been in my mum’s car. It’s obviously weird to think you had a murderer in your car, sitting next to your mum.”

 The British number 1 tennis star also described why he finds it so difficult to recall all those memories from that day, writing “that is probably another reason why I don’t want to look back at it. It is just so uncomfortable to think that it was someone we knew from the Boys Club. We used to go to the club and have fun. Then to find out he’s a murderer was something my brain couldn’t cope with.” Hauntingly, Murray said “I could have been one of those children.”

In an interview by ESPN, Murray’s mother Judy described the moment she received that difficult call from the school saying, ”I said nothing, grabbed my car keys and jumped in the car and made my way over like every other mom,” adding ”(it’s) the worst thing, the worst thing you could imagine having to go through in your life kind of sitting, waiting not knowing whether your child was alive or dead you can’t imagine what that was like.”

Murray’s grandparents were also interviewed by ESPN. His grandmother Shirley Erskine told the sports channel ”I think deep within him he wanted to do something, to put Dunblane on the map for the right reasons rather than the wrong reasons.”

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