After Shinzo Abe, a 67-year old politician, was assassinated on Friday on a street near western Japan, University of Southern California was in mourning.
“The Trojan Family is deeply saddened and shocked by the horrific shooting of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,”In a statement, the president of the school said so.
Abe was giving a speech during a campaign speech, when a gunman opened fire.
Abe was flown to Nara’s hospital, but his heart stopped.
Japan has strict gun control laws. The gun was made in Japan.
The horrifying shooting was captured on video and Abe fell to the floor. Guards then pounced immediately on Tetsuya Nagami, 41, an ex-member of Japan’s navy.
Abe was Japan’s longest-serving prime minister.
USC stated that Abe last visited the University in 2015. The university shared photos of smiling Abe on that day.
Abe was given a letterman jacket that day, with his named embroidered in bright Trojan golden yellow.
Abe was a 1978-1979 USC Sol Price School of Public Policy student who had completed three semesters. He studied English, history, and political science.
“He loved his country. He loved Japan. He loved his people,”One person spoke about Shinzo Abe, Little Tokyo. Alex Rozier reports on July 8, 2022.
“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family of Prime Minister Abe and all the people of Japan,” the school’s statement from USC President Carol L. Folt read.
Eric Garcetti, the LA Mayor, also used Twitter to express his condolences for the death of the former prime minister and to recall when he visited Abe during his 2015 visit.
Abe met actor George Takei and visited the Japanese American National Museum during the 2015 trip.
The museum shared photos of the visit.