CHICAGO (CBS) — It has been nearly 16 years since the two-state shooting spree by a neo-Nazi that left former Northwestern University men’s basketball coach Ricky Byrdsong dead. In fact, this is the weekend of the Race Against Hate in Byrdsong’s memory.
Police are characterizing the gunman responsible for killing nine people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, as a “disaffected white supremacist,” much the same as Benjamin Nathaniel Smith was when he went on the shooting spree in which he killed Byrdsong and another man, and wounded 10 others in Illinois and Indiana, before he killed himself by crashing his car into a post, and shooting himself in the head and heart, during a high-speed chase with police in Salem, Illinois.
The Evanston/North Shore YWCA oversees the run, which includes runs of 5 and 10 kilometers, a 5K walk and a youth mile.
Evanston YWCA President Karen Singer admits that she is shaken by the Charleston shootings.
“Clearly we have a ways to go here,” she said.