UT remembers 1966 tower shooting victims


On Aug. 1, 1966, while eight months pregnant, Claire Wilson James was one of the first people shot by Charles Whitman, whose murderous shooting rampage from the University of Texas Tower ultimately killed 16 and wounded 31.

On Friday, 48 years later, James and others gathered on the campus’ South Mall to remember.

Whitman, an architectural engineering student and former Marine, had barricaded himself on the tower’s observation deck and used a high-powered rifle and other firearms to carry out his attack. After a 99-minute siege, officers broke through and fatally shot him.

James survived, but her fetus and her boyfriend, Tom Eckman, were killed.


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