Father of FSU student killed in yoga studio shooting speaks during basketball game

Jeff Binkley receives standing ovation, says daughter's voice 'here tonight'

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor
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Jeff Binkley, whose daughter was killed in a shooting at a Tallahassee yoga studio, speaks to the crowd during halftime of Florida State University's basketball game against the Florida Gators as FSU President John Thrasher looks on, Nov. 6,…

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The father of a Florida State University student killed in a shooting at a Tallahassee yoga studio last week received a standing ovation during Tuesday night's basketball game.

FSU President John Thrasher stood at midcourt and introduced Jeff Binkley to the crowd gathered at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center for the game between the 17th-ranked Seminoles (1-0) and rival Florida Gators (0-1).

"My wife Margot and I had a daughter, Maura Binkley," Jeff Binkley told the crowd. "She was a proud fourth-generation Seminole and she loved all of you -- all of you. She should be here tonight. Her voice is here tonight."

The crowd erupted in applause.

"It's Maura's voice, and the time for silence is over," Jeff Binkley continued. "Seminoles, let's hear Maura's voice."

This time, the applause grew louder and the band played the school's distinctive "war chant."

Police said Nancy Van Vessem (left) and Maura Binkley were killed in Friday's shooting.

Maura Binkley, 21, and FSU faculty member Dr. Nancy Van Vessem, 61, were killed Friday when a gunman entered a yoga studio and opened fire. The shooter, identified by Tallahassee police as Scott Beierle, 40, wounded five others before killing himself.

After Jeff Binkley's speech, the Seminoles went on to beat the Gators 81-60.

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