Allina psychologist reacts to killing of Virginia journalists

[WCCO-TV, August 26, 2015] The bizarre on-air murder of a television news reporter and photographer in Roanoke, Virginia has left people around the country in shock.

Allina Health Clinics psychologist Dr. Cheryl Bemel says events of this magnitude are “a shock to our mind and body.”

“When those feelings come up, whether it’s a feeling in the gut or the mind or emotions to, instead of fighting those just allow them to happen,” Bemel said. “That’s how we process trauma.”

Bemel admits even she got chills when she heard about the killings of Alison Parker and Adam Ward, adding that the gunman’s actions go far beyond being a disgruntled worker.

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