Humint Events Online: Extremely Sad News

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Extremely Sad News

The death of Michael Zebuhr:
Michael Zebuhr didn’t intervene when two men stole his mother’s purse, but one of the men shot him anyway. The 25-year-old Buckhannon resident and recent Davis & Elkins College died a day later.

According to reports, Zebuhr and his mother, Dr. Suzanne Strong of Virginia, were in Minneapolis visiting Zebuhr’s sister, a student at the University of Minnesota, when the shooting took place at about 9:55 p.m. Saturday.

Inspector Kris Arneson of the Minneapolis Police Department’s Fifth Precinct said the family trio and a friend were approached by two male subjects as they were returning to their vehicle following dinner at a restaurant in the Uptown area.

Reports indicate that the suspects demanded Strong’s pursue which she was turned over without resistance. One of the suspects then shot Zebuhr in the head for no apparent reason, officials said.

Zebuhr died at 11:30 p.m. Sunday in the Hennepin County Medical Center as a result of a gun shot wound to the head, according to the county medical examiner.

Zebuhr is a 1998 graduate of Buckhannon-Upshur High School and 2005 graduate of Davis & Elkins College with a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and chemistry. He was currently enrolled at Clemson University in South Carolina working on his doctorate degree in bioengineering.

“Mike Zebuhr was a young man of rare personal and intellectual qualities,” said D&E President Tom Mann. “His premature death, especially under such tragic circumstances, cannot help but haunt the Davis & Elkins College community. Our hearts go out to his family and loved ones. I hope there can be comfort for them in knowing that the deep loss they are feeling is echoed in the sense of loss felt by his many D&E friends, his faculty members and all of us who knew him. I trust there will be comfort for all of us in knowing that we are richer for the years he shared with us.”

While a D&E student, Zebuhr was listed frequently on the dean’s list and was included in Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges in 2005. He received the Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics Department Award in 2004, the Chemistry Department Award in 2005 and the faculty’s Senior Award in 2005. This award is granted to a senior student, with at least a 3.8 grade point average, who has achieved excellence in a wide range of academic areas and in the quality of personal and intellectual leadership provided. During his junior year, Zebuhr was named a Distinguished Scholar by the Appalachian College Association and received an Appalachian College Association Scholarship.

He also earned The American Chemical Society’s Polymer Education Award in Organic Chemistry in 2004 and an undergraduate research internship at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida funded by the National Science Foundation in 2003. He was also a four-year member of the college’s ski team and was active in the Computer Club, Student Assembly, the Mountain Bike Club and Alpha Psi Omega, a theatre honorary. According to officials, a memorial service will be conducted on the D&E campus at a later date, pending arrangements with Zebuhr’s family.

“Mike was a hard working, dedicated, self motivated student,” said Dr. Lisa Benson, Zebuhr’s advisor at Clemson. “He appreciated every opportunity and took nothing for granted. That kind of student is a joy to work with.”

Benson, the education director at the Center for Advanced Engineering Fibers and Films and the research director professor at the Department of Bioengineering, said Zebuhr was highly respected by faculty, staff and students and was an extremely generous and compassionate person.

“Everyone here is in shock,” she said.

According to Benson, Zebuhr was interested in space flight and had spoken of becoming a university professor.

“Mike was in the process of developing hands-on projects for middle and high school students with intentions of sparking an interest in science and engineering,” Benson said. “He would have been a great mentor for kids.”

According to Benson, donations in Zebuhr’s memory may be made online at the Clemson University Foundation Web site at www.clemson.edu. Checks may be made payable to Clemson University Foundation with a notation at the bottom stating “in memory of Michael Zebuhr” and mailed to: Clemson University Foundation, P.O. Box 1889, Clemson, S.C., 29633-1889; or by calling the Clemson University Foundation Gift Receiving at (864) 656-5666.

The university will create a holding account for the donations, and a decision will be made with Zebuhr’s family regarding a memorial service, she said.

“Mike was simply an outstanding students and a compassionate person,” Benson said. “We are all feeling this loss very deeply.”

He is the son of Strong and Richard Zebuhr of Buckhannon.


He was also a member of 9/11 Scholars for Truth:
Michael Zebuhr (SM)
Bioengineering, Clemson University


So... since when do two muggers hit on a group of four people, then randomly shoot one of the people in the head when the money is given and there is no resistance?

According to this story, he was shot twice in the forehead.

UPDATE:More on Zebuhr here.

Police have caught three suspects.

15 Comments:

Anonymous James Ha said...

that sucks. that is very sad news.
right in front of his family.

I might as well say it: I would imagine that if someone wanted to send a message to the scholars, that was the perfect way to go about it; I mean, dr. griffin would be too obvious....

1:24 AM  
Anonymous Rob said...

sounds very much like a message being sent/a "Company" hit to me...remember, the 9/11 perps MURDERED 3000+ of my fellow Americans...you think they would hesitate one fucking second before "Offing" one lowly college student????

please...

these are FUCKING MURDERERS we're dealing with here....and never lose sight of that fact, nor get 'lost' in too much esoteric & intellectual realm 9/11 research that you become desensitized to the fact we are investigating cold-blooded MURDERERS.

this is not a game.

the 9/11 Perps ARE NOT 'PLAYING'...

3:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

they aren't playing thats for sure.

Bastards

9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

very sad when they start to kill their young..their future to cover an horrible true

9:14 AM  
Blogger Pissedoffcabbie said...

It's interesting that this happened right when Charlie Sheen is all over CNN with the 9/11 story, with Alex Jones in tow. It seems like someone is getting desperate.

http://pissedoffcabbie.blogspot.com/2006/03/charlie-sheen-and-911-timing-is.html

12:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i don't want to be killed but did you think that the story of the murder suspects sounded fishy. a somali gang in minn.. come on, then an avocacy group says if you here anything come tell me first so i can kill you. come on. lastly god bless micheal zebuhr and his family.

12:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I actually live about 3 miles from the incident and I'd like to add that there is a large Somali population here in Minneapolis. I haven't heard of any somali gangs until this incident. But it would not suprise me.

What does suprise me is the fact that they shot Micheal Zebuhr twice. That to me seems very hit squad-ish. Most gang members would not fire twice in such a populated area. Not over a purse.

RIP Micheal Zebuhr

9:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I truly believe we need to stick to the facts, despite the obvious reasons for suspicion. The recent coverage of 9/11 on CNN has given the truth movment its first chance to appeal to the American Public at large. Accusations such as these, based on mere circumstantial evidence will only hurt our image. I believe we ought to do everything we can to avoid the negative image that comes with the term "conspiracy theorist" if we wish to gain any legtimacy in the eyes of others.
Please don't think I'm telling you to censor yourselves. This murder is a tragedy, and you should declare your beliefs on the subject. All I'm asking is that you think how your remarks, on any 9/11-related topic, will be interpreted by the thousands of people who, due to the recent press coverage, are just beginning to search for answers.

8:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to qualify my comment by saying I don't trust authority, and anything of this nature does raise questions and should be investigated. I speak as a leftist not dismissive of "conspiracies" and definitely having an interest in not blaming immigrant communities for criminal acts. That said, there are many gangs here in the Twin Cities, including Somali gangs. Most middle-class people don't know this because they haven't been exposed to it, but if you've lived in less afluent areas than Uptown, it wouldn't come as a big surprise. (The only reason this has gotten such press IS BECAUSE it occured in Uptown.) And armed robbary of this type is up in the Twin Cities. Just three weeks ago, in front of my apartment, I was held up at gunpoint by a young man (who, by the way, was not Somali). The whole episode seemed like a dare, or perhaps a gang initiation, but soon after this occurred it became apparent after a little digging that such robberies are happening with increasing frequency. This news, of the higher incidence of such robberies, should be included in any discussion of possible conspiracies. I agree that being shot 2 times in the head after complying does sound strange, but stranger things have happened. It's not totally absurd, as an outsider to the Twin Cities or someone unaware of gang activity and initiation "jump ins" might think, especially given the anti-social nature of some of the gangs here.

1:04 PM  
Anonymous K T said...

No one will ever know why he was shot. Coming from someone who was his best friend, this will always be an issue I will deal with. However, I think it is wrong for people on this site to exploit his death and make it something it is not. Reading all these blurbs aggravates and irritates me and it is not appreciated. NO ONE will ever have all the facts or all the reasons and for people to assume it had something to do with the truth movement because Mikey was associated with it is absurd and disrespectful. It's hard enough dealing with the loss of an incredible soul. Get facts right before you start running your mouths about bullshit.

12:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When Oklahoma City bombing hero Terrance Yeakey died, his "best friend" also said in public how depressed he was and why it was obvious he would commit suicide. Except that "best friends" they were not, at least not until Yeakey's death.

The FBI made the determination that Yeakey committed suicide, despite the fact that he was shot in the head, with thirteen cuts and lacerations on his body, on his wrest, on his elbows and his jugular veins. Makeup was put on his body to cover these wounds.

This page contains the audio of the interview of Yeakey's ex-wife. The interview is long, but it provides the context of these best friends who just popped up.

8:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out the article "who's killing our UFO investigators". From all I have seen personally, read, and heard, it seems there is nothing that the slime will not do when they can do it. Murder can occur through many varieties of manipulation, sometimes with the murderers themselves remaining oblivious to their own subservience. Funny how every one's got everything figured out. Even in the midst of all infinity, we persistently deny the existence of the metaphysical and/or spiritual, and assume only idiots and fools conceive of such, all whilst it is used against us. Enjoy the dandy situation you've all worked so hard for in America, with all your ingenuity and Freudian explanations, and hiphop slop, and movies, and GMO trash food, and...

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