Following Shooting Spree, Counselors Went to Work
For a select few, responding to moments of extreme tragedy is just part of their job description. A job whose importance was best illustrated by Monday's deadly shooting spree. Victim advocates were called out after Clifford Miller, Jr. killed 1 person and wounded 5 others in Alachua County. Police said when they arrive at a location they have to focus on gathering evidence and an understanding of what has actually happened. Grieving and distraught family or friends can complicate their efforts. Counselors work as the middle man between individuals and police because they are better skilled and trained to serve those in emotional distress.
"If they are so traumatized that they can't communicate with us and give us information on the crime or what took place that actually hampers our investigation," said Alachua County Sheriff's Office Spokesperson Steve Maynard.
One counselor admits her line of work can be very personal and that each individual counselor has a different way to cope. To see more on her story and the role advocates played following the shooting spree, watch the video to your right.
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