The Board of Trustees at Florida State University (FSU) raised $30,000 with their personal money to take care of the college expenses of Joshua Quick, the second-year law student who was hailed as a hero after the Hot Yoga Studio shooting in Tallahassee.
Board Chair Edward Burr made the announcement during a Nov. 16 board meeting, two days after Quick was given the Key to the City by Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum.
“I’d like to announce that the Board of Trustees has raised $30,000 to the scholarship has been promoted for Joshua Quick,” he said.
It was my honor to recognize FSU law student Joshua Quick at the Board of Trustees meeting. In the face of unspeakable tragedy, Josh risked his own life and undoubtedly saved others. He is a true hero, and we’re proud to call him one of our own. pic.twitter.com/uaqKgzO1N0
— President John Thrasher (@FSUPresThrasher) November 16, 2018
Quick and his parents were invited to the board meeting by FSU President John Thrasher in order to recognize his courage: “I just want you to know how much gratitude, we care for you and what you did.”
“In the face of unspeakable tragedy, Joshua was fought back against the attacker, risking his own life and undoubtedly saving the lives of others,” Thrasher said as he invited Quick to the podium.
Quick received a standing ovation.
“Thank you all so much for the recognition that I don’t feel I deserve, but I’m very grateful for it,” he said.
Preident Thrasher later announced the fundraising for Quick.
“Joshua got the Key to the City yesterday from the city of Tallahassee. We don’t have a key to give him, but I will tell you what we are gonna do. With dean’s leadership, we’re gonna start an effort to raise enough money to take care of his expenses at the law school for the rest of his time here.”
Tallahassee Yoga Studio Shooting
On Nov. 2, a man took out a handgun and started shooting after posing as a customer at Hot Yoga Tallahassee.
Quick grabbed a vacuum cleaner and hit the gunman during the shooting. He tried to stop the shooter again with a broom after the gunman pistol-whipped him.
Quick was later seen talking to a first responder with blood on his face and t-shirt.
His actions allowed others to escape the studio.
When presenting Quick the Key to the City, Mayor Gillum said he had no doubt that many lives were saved thanks to his actions, Tallahassee Democrat reported.
The Yoga Studio Shooting left two dead, five injured.
Maura Binkley, a 21-year-old student at FSU, and 61-year-old doctor Nancy Van Vessem were killed in the incident.
Van Vessem was the chief medical director for Capital Health Plan and also a faculty member of FSU.
The authorities have identified 40-year-old FSU graduate Scott Paul Beierle as the suspect. He was also a military veteran.
Beierle was found dead at the scene with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The Tallahassee Democrat reported that Beierle was an odd loner and self-described misogynist who had a history of arrests for grabbing young women around the FSU campus.
He lived in Deltona, Florida, but was staying in a hotel while in Tallahassee before the shooting, the Wall Street Journal reported.
According to the Associated Press, Beierle appeared to have made a series of YouTube videos in 2014 in which he ranted against woman and blacks.