A horrifying photo landed in my inbox from my producer today. It was a photograph of the corpse of Kerch Polytechnic killer Vladislav Roslyakov sent to us by a student.He had shot himself in the college library, half his brain was spilt out across the floor. The slogan on his T-shirt, hard to read on other CCTV shots I’d seen, now clear. – Diana Magnay, Sky News, Moscow correspondent
“Nenaveest”, it said in Russian – “hate”.
As soon as the first photo came out of Roslyakov walking down a stairwell, rifle in hand, wearing a white t-shirt with black lettering it drew comparisons with Eric Harris, one of the two Columbine High School killers who had worn similar clothes.
Roslyakov placed a bomb in the college cafeteria just as Harris and Dylan Klebold had done at Columbine almost 20 years before.
Their attacks and his started shortly after 11am. He killed himself after an orgy of bloodletting in the college library, just as they had done. But Roslyakov managed to kill many more, 20 at the last count.