Hot Yoga Tallahassee owner’s raw Facebook postadmin
The two people killed at Hot Yoga Tallahassee have been identified as Dr. Nancy Van Vessem, 61, and Maura Binkley, 21.
A Facebook post from the owner of Hot Yoga Tallahassee is raw with emotion. It is filled with regret and anger and doubt.
“If I had never opened 8 years ago, Nancy and Maura would be here,” wrote owner Brittani Whittington of Nancy Van Vessem, 61, and Maura Binkley, 21, who died after shooter Scott Beierle posed as a customer and then opened fire at the studio in the shopping center at the corner of Thomasville and Bradford roads. At least five others were wounded during the attack.
“That man wouldn’t have found the need to target our happy, healthy beautiful human beings. The irony that the loneliest man in the world, chose the most comforting, supporting + welcoming space on earth to destroy… I hate him. I do.”
Whittington said she awoke Monday morning and couldn’t stop crying.
She turned to social media to voice her torment and work through how a horrifying act of violence could happen in her happy place.
“I don’t want to say the wrong thing,” she wrote in the post. “I’m so terrified. But I AM this studio, this studio is the breath and heartbeat inside of me, and it was inside my studio that that man took their lives. So I guess I don’t know how to do anything else but talk about what I’m going through. Talking will be my first step forward, and I just want everyone to know that as I talk and share my grief, Nancy and Maura will ALWAYS be my first thought and priority. They are in my mind + heart every second. I feel shattered and horrified that this happened under my roof.”
Whittington expressed uncertainty about her future.
“I want to shut down so this never happens again. But I’m being told that’s not what you want,” she wrote. “What do you want? What do I do? What is the right thing to do? Help me love yoga again, please.”
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