A somber call-and-response of “O-H-I-O” closed Amherst city council’s meeting Monday.
It came about nine hours after transfer student Abdul Razak Ali Artan wounded 11 students in a knife attack at Ohio State University.
Mayor Mark Costilow ended the meeting by sending prayers to the victims and the student body of 65,000 who were terrorized by the violence.
“Got a lot of friends and family there, so let’s give them an O-H,” he said, and council in reply intoned, “I-O.”
Councilwoman Jennifer Wasilk, who serves as chaplain, had opened the meeting with a prayer for emergency workers statewide.
“Keep them safe,” she said.
Artan, a Somali immigrant, had posted on Facebook that he was “sick and tired” of seeing fellow Muslims tortured and killed and wrote that America needed to “stop interfering with other countries,” especially Islamic nations.
He rammed several people on the OSU campus, then got out and used what some described as a butcher knife. The names of the victims were not released as of Tuesday.
In the confusion, campus security tweeted that there was an active shooter: “Run Hide Fight,” the post urged, listing Artan’s location as Watts Hall at 19th and College.
The three-word phrase has become a standby at colleges. It means students should get away and seek shelter, fighting an assailant as a last resort.
OSU police officer Alan Horujko shot and killed Artan. Shell-shocked Buckeye students resumed classes Tuesday.