"The fact she went alone seems like she wasn't afraid. I never saw him really angry, period."In the aftermath of the murder, local women's groups offered students counseling on violent relationships…
but if Kevin had physically abused Emily, she'd told no one.
"Emily hung a poster of a lethal-injection table she got at an anti–death penalty rally."Guys had crushes on her, but Emily usually didn't take it too seriously.A feeling of dread rose in Maggie as she realized her friend Emily Silverstein wasn't in the crowd.Anyone close to Emily would understand: Kind almost to a fault, she'd normally have been there, trying to console people. Her heart pounding, Maggie ran across campus to Peace House, where Emily lived, a large brick building that housed students dedicated to pacifist causes."None of us came here to get married," says Noor Oweis, one of her best friends."We have male friends who are very dependable, very protective, and genuine."Among them was Kevin Schaeffer.
"I assumed the killing was a drunken act; perhaps something went horribly wrong between two frat brothers," she recalls.