(FABER – Nelson County, VA) Details from today’s press conference.
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Synchronicity Presser 11.28.08
• Alan Scherr and his daughter, Naomi, confirmed dead. A tribute site has been set up: AlanAndNaomi.com
• Synchronicty members had just finished a program Wednesday and some of them had gone to their rooms, others had gone to the café. Bobbie Garvey had spoken to a member. That members said, “The terrorists walked in and started shooting everywhere.”
• 2 ladies from Tennessee were shot. Once in the arm, once in the leg. This lady had a succesful surgery and is recovering (Rudrani Devi). Her husband has flown to India to bring her back. The Synchrnocity friend Rudrani had traveled with, Linda Ragsdale, was shot in the back. She has been released from the hospital as is on her way home.
• Michael Rudder from Montreal was shot 3 times and has had one successful surgery and is still in intensive care. He still has a bullet in his abdomen.
• Witness saw Alan took a bullet to the head and went down. Naomi was also hurt but where she was shot was not known by witness. They didn’t show up in any hospitals.
• On Master Charles’ way down (from Oberoi, being released) he “stopped at the café and identified the two bodies that were there as Alan and Naomi.”
• Bobbie Garvey spoke with Master Charles (MC) this morning. Was trapped in his room for 45 hours. No food. Had couple of snacks, didn’t have much bottled water. Most of them had their mattresses and (bureaus?) up against the door … constant gunfire. “They didn’t know if anytime if that door was going to open and it was going to be someone to save them or someone to take them out,” Garvey said.
• Described as “an intense, terrifying experience.”
• They couldn’t breathe at times because of the smoke from the fire. Most of them broke their windows so they could get air and ventilation in.
• “He [MC] told me that this has been in his lifetime the biggest outpouring of love that he has ever experienced,” Garvey said.
• BG: “Alan and Naomi were extreme valued members of the community. Alan was also a vice president as well as I. He was our chief writer …”
• BG: “Naomi was a bright, intelligent, 13-year-old who was raised here. Finished eighth grade, homeschooled, a year early. Decided she wanted to see the rest of the world …”
• Naomi’s trip to India was going to be what she was going to write her essay about in her application to the Emma Willard School in Troy, NY.
• 25 people signed up to go on the trip to India with MC. 4 Canadians. 7 Australians. 16 Americans (math clarification needed)
• 4 wounded, 2 lost their lives
• BG told Kia Scherr, Alan’s wife, the news of his passing this morning, around 5 am.
• “She knew that they were missing. She knew that they were in the café. She knew that the others, you know, what they saw. So there was always the possibility that this was the, you now, the eventuality of it.”
The above highlights represent about a third of the entire presser. To listen to the whole thing, scroll up to the embedded audio player.