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Wayne Lo: StoryCorps Episode Reunites Father With Son's Killer

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Wayne Lo, center, of Billings, Montana, stands at his arraignment with his lawyer, Richard LeBlanc, left, in District Court in Great Barrington, Mass., Dec. 15, 1992. (AP Photo/Alan Solomon)

By    |   Friday, 08 December 2017 02:34 PM

Friday’s StoryCorps episode on NPR's Morning Edition featured Greg Gibson interviewing Wayne Lo, the man who murdered Gibson's son Galen 25 years ago when he and Lo were both in college. 

Lo believed he was hearing commands from God when he bought a semiautomatic rifle and ammunition and fired shots randomly on the campus of Simon’s Rock college in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, killing Galen Gibson and professor Nacunan Saez, and wounding four others, NPR reported.

Lo received two life sentences without the possibility of parole for the murders, and Greg Gibson began to make it his life’s purpose to understand how it happened, setting up the Galen Gibson Fund to help victims of gun violence.

“Almost since that first moment, it has been my constant prayer to take this most awful of things that could possibly happen and turn it into something good, so that it’s not all just a pure waste and loss,” Gibson said in the StoryCorps episode. 

Gibson interviewed many who were connected to Lo’s shooting, including the other victims, school officials, and the man who sold Lo the gun, which he included in a book, “Gone Boy,” that he published in 1999.

Lo contacted Gibson after hearing about others he had interviewed, and Gibson visited him in prison to do the episode, in which Lo described how easy it was to get the gun and told Gibson he realizes now that he was mentally ill and deluded when he shot Galen and the others. 

Through tears, Lo thanked Gibson for talking to him and allowing him to apologize.

“There are other families that don’t want to have anything to do with me and I totally understand that,” Lo said. 

Gibson said he understood it, too. “We’ve all suffered, we’ve all grown wise from our suffering, and some people do it one way, some people do it another way,” he said.

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Friday's StoryCorps episode on NPR's Morning Edition featured Greg Gibson interviewing Wayne Lo, the man who murdered Gibson's son Galen 25 years ago when he and Lo were both in college.
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