Dad of shooting victim speaks out after new documents released

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By: Alicia Turner | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 14, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – From candlelight vigils to the memorials lining the studio, Jeff Binkley describes the last three months as “trying.”

"It's day by day, week by week, month by month," Jeff said.

Monday, Jeff Binkley, the father of shooting victim Maura Binkley, got a chance to read through a lengthy report with investigators. It offered pages of insight into Scott Bierle's actions and whereabouts for more than 10 years.

"They filled in a lot of blanks and produced a detailed timeline," he said.

Jeff explained that the timeline paints a clearer picture, one where he feels his daughter's death could have been prevented.

"There were a lot of institutions that had an epic fail in this regard," said Jeff.

Like the students from Parkland and countless others demanding change, Jeff said their fight is just beginning.

"This is an ongoing effort. We're in it for the long term, but we want to finish what Maura started," Jeff said.

Maura was known for her bubbly personality and desire to help others. It's a legacy that’s being preserved by more than just her family.

"She was like a ray of light in the sorority," said Maddie Gruenewald of Haute Headz Salon.

Maddie is a receptionist at the salon. She was working the day of the shooting, unaware that her sorority sister was gunned down in the building right next door.

“It's definitely been different without her," Maddie said.

Jeff added, "We can hear Maura’s voice, and we hope you hear it too and act."

Actions Jeff is hopeful can be the change he wants to see in steps toward eliminating this kind of violence.

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