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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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Former World #2 Andrea Jaeger Visits Red Hook, Just as she did in Dublane in 1996


Comfort: Andrea Jaeger arrives to place flowers and a candle at the makeshift memorial in Newtown, Connecticut
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Sixteen years ago tennis player Andrea Jaeger was so touched by the devastating massacre of 16 children at Dunblane, Scotland, in 1996 that she flew 5,000 miles to help and helped inspire U.S. Open champion Andy Murray.

Today she unfortunately found herself once again at the scene of a brutal school shooting as she arrived to lay flowers at the makeshift memorial of Sandy Hook Elementary.

Speaking of her humanitarian work with her Little Star foundation, Andrea, 47, said she hoped that one child from the tragic Connecticut school could one day emulate Murray.
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Healing process: Andrea Jaeger (center) traveled to Scotland to comfort survivors of the Dunblane massacre, including current world number three Andy Murray (second from right)
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‘I arrived around one week after the attack and brought as many tennis rackets as I could with me from Colorado,’ said Andrea (who was a former world number two and retired in 1987).

‘The kids were shaken up, but some like Andy who had to hide (during the shootings) were quiet and seemed haunted.

‘We set up a net and a court, and we played a game of tennis.

‘Andy was already playing tennis by then and he definitely had an idea of how to hold a grip and he successfully passed me on the court.

‘He was small but pretty good.

‘Of course he had to hide during the attack (carried out by the 43-year-old gunman Thomas Hamilton) and a lot of people didn’t really know till recently that he was even there during the massacre.’


On 13 March 1996, unemployed former shopkeeper Thomas Hamilton, 43, walked into the Dunblane Primary School armed with four handguns. He shot and killed 16 children and one adult before committing suicide.

Future tennis champion Andy Murray attended the school at the time and was forced to take cover in a classroom. Murray has previously stated that he was too young to understand what was happening and is reluctant to talk about it in interviews.

In his autobiography Hitting Back he states that he attended a youth group run by Hamilton, and that his mother gave Hamilton lifts in her car.

Excerpted from The Daily Mail
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FACEBOOK15th December 2012

Andy Murray wrote on his wall


My heart goes out to all those poor children, their families and the community in Newtown in Connecticut, so so sad

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