It’s the happiest time in Lacey’s life. She is about to embark on an experience that will turn her into the educated woman capable of helping others she has always wanted to be. But in less than 4 months time, one man will try to steal from her everything that she has ever treasured. It is at this precise moment that another student does one of the most touching things for her that I have ever seen.
Lacey Scroggins is the daughter of a pastor from Sutherlin, Oregon, and a typical teenager. She loves football (especially the Oregon Ducks), Carrie Underwood, and going to church. She spends her free time looking after her horse, Tucker, who she adopted when he was just a foal. Today, from the joy in her eyes, you can just tell how proud she is of how much he has grown.
Lacey is clearly a caregiver, a person who acts selflessly to help others less fortunate than herself. She works as a volunteer at the nearby Bonaventure Senior Living center, helping to bring joy to distinguished citizens often forgotten by their own families.
When she enrolls at Umpqua Community College, Lacey has big plans: she wants to enter the nursing program and eventually become a surgeon. Her dream is to help save the lives of others.
But on just Lacey’s 4th day of classes at college unimaginable horror strikes. During a creative writing class, Lacey, and her colleagues, hear a sudden, horrifying bang. Moments later, before anybody has time to react or understand what is happening, fellow student Chris Harper-Mercer storms into the room and fires two shots into the ceiling. The professor collapses immediately and Harper-Mercer turns his gun on the students. He begins to fire.
Lacey lays down, thinking to herself that the nightmare can only be a drill. The shooter then proceeds to ask students, one by one, if they are Christian, killing those who say yes. The students are terrified and huddle together. Suddenly, Lacey hears a large pop right next to her. Instinctively, she knows it is a former classmate from High School, Treven Anspach, who has been shot.
Lacey is too shaken to describe what happened next. Her father, pastor Randy Scroggins, tells it in his own words: “She felt the weight of his body on her. She opened her eyes and he was lying in the same direction as her, a little bit ahead of her. Then she saw his blood coming under her arms. She heard a gurgling sound coming from his throat and felt him move closer to her to cover her.”