In case you’re late to the party, the Toomer’s Corner Massacre has been, maybe surprisingly, sweeping the nation’s headlines. Earlier today, it was reported that the man responsible for the act was arrested and charged with one count of first-degree criminal mischief. Like many of you have already done here today, several Auburn fans, students and athletes have been voicing their opinions on the matter.
Via the Associated Press…
Orange and blue pompoms were laid at the base of the cordoned-off trees along with flowers and signs with messages, including “Get well soon” and “PLEASE GOD SAVE THESE TREES.”
“It’s shocking that somebody would destroy a tree just over a football game,” said Steven Davis, who drove with his wife, Janelle and 2-year-old Kayla to see the trees. The family, all sporting Auburn shirts, said they were among those celebrating the recent national championship at Toomers Corner.
“I have celebrated many times with friends, family, with the undergraduates after Auburn victories,” Enloe said. “And it’s just an incredible travesty to see this kind of malicious act occur and it breaks my heart to see somebody so willfully destroy such an incredible cultural landmark for the city of Auburn, for Auburn University.”
“Every expert I’ve talked to around the country in mentioning rates up to 51 parts per million, they were very discouraged and did not offer up a lot of hope due to the extremely high concentration,” Enloe said.
“Where do you go from here? It’s very sad,” said AU senior Ian Shaw. “It’s my last semester here and it’s a shame that this sort of thing happened to it.”
“The first time it happened, I was hooked,” Shaw said. It’s just one of those special things. Even when it’s not football season, you walk over to Toomers Corner … Maybe it’s the whole atmosphere, but it’s one of the most beautiful things on campus, maybe the entire town.
“Now that it’s not going to be there anymore, I don’t know how you replace it. But you certainly fall in love with the tradition if you don’t know about it beforehand.”
“It’s just sad. That’s all I can say,” said Auburn quarterback [Barrett] Trotter, likely the leading contender to replace Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton. “It’s sad that some guy would do that. It’s definitely one of the landmarks of Auburn and probably the biggest Auburn tradition that’s been going on here for many years.
“It’s something that we can live without but at the same time it’s not going to be the same.”
UPDATED 7:53 p.m. ET: The fine folks over at NBC would also like us to update the updated video we gave you a while ago from the NBC Nightly News desk. Enjoy.
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