A somber day at Salesianum after grad is accused in LAX shooting

By Amy Cherry/Allan Loudell 12:50pm, November 4, 2013 - Updated 5:16pm, November 4, 2013
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It's the first day back to school for Salesianum students after one of their own is accused of murdering a TSA agent in a shoot-out Friday at LAX Airport.

"Walking in, students coming into the school this morning, it was definitely different. It was a little bit more somber, even for Monday kids are usually a little slow coming in, but it had a different tone to it," says School President Brendan Kennealey.

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Kennealey tells WDEL it's hard to believe that 23-year-old Paul Ciancia, of the Class of 2008, could face the death penalty.

"We're just praying for healing from the whole situation for all those who were affected in LA and for Paul and for his family that they can come to some healing in all this, but it's a very sad thing to hear that," says Kennealey.

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Salesianum held a prayer service Monday morning and afterwards students were able to talk more about the shooting rampage in their homerooms.

"We live in a, unfortunately, violent world, and something that we try to impart to our students every day is to play a role in good in the world," he says.

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Ciancia faces federal murder charges. He's currently hospitalized at UCLA Medical Center under 24-hour armored guard.

Kennealey calls the whole thing surreal.

"Of course, it makes me incredibly sad to hear that anybody is alone in the world. That's just a horribly sad thing, I wouldn't wish that for anyone," Kennealey says.

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