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    50 years ago today...

    Kent State shooting.

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    What a sad day.
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    Down the river ..................from PNC Park
    Two of the Kent State students who witnessed the shootings were Chrissie Hynde, the future lead singer of The Pretenders and Gerald Casale, the future bassist/singer of Devo.

    Chrissie Hynde:
    "Then I heard the tatatatatatatatatat sound. I thought it was fireworks. An eerie sound fell over the common. The quiet felt like gravity pulling us to the ground. Then a young man's voice: "They fucking killed somebody!" Everything slowed down and the silence got heavier.

    The ROTC building, now nothing more than a few inches of charcoal, was surrounded by National Guardsmen. They were all on one knee and pointing their rifles at ... us! Then they fired.

    By the time I made my way to where I could see them it was still unclear what was going on. The guardsmen themselves looked stunned. We looked at them and they looked at us. They were just kids, 19 years old, like us. But in uniform. Like our boys in Vietnam."

    Gerald Casale:
    "All I can tell you is that it completely and utterly changed my life. I was a white hippie boy and then I saw exit wounds from M1 rifles out of the backs of two people I knew.

    Two of the four people who were killed, Jeffrey Miller and Allison Krause, were my friends. We were all running our asses off from these motherfuckers. It was total, utter bullshit. Live ammunition and gasmasks—none of us knew, none of us could have imagined ... They shot into a crowd that was running away from them!

    I stopped being a hippie and I started to develop the idea of devolution. I got real, real pissed off."

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    Some believe this was the final straw to end the Vietnam War.

    It was a shocking and sad time for our country.

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