Text from daughter hiding in basement during OSU attack sends Richmond mom into a panic

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Monday’s frightening attack at Ohio State University sent a Richmond woman into a panic. Her daughter is a student there and she was on campus not far from where everything happened.

Eser Tufekci found out when her daughter sent her this text:


21-year-old Duru Ergun is a senior at OSU.

“After that, the panic kicked in because you don’t know what’s going on,” Tufekci told 8News reporter Kristin Smith.

She says her daughter was just two buildings away from Watts Hall where the stabbings attacks took place.

Ergun, her professor and other students hid in a locked room in their lecture hall. She kept her mom updated through texts.

“My daughter was so cool because she was like, ‘I’m safe and we’re ok,'” adds Tufekci, “So I was like, wow, instead of me calming her down, she’s calming me down.”


Duru and the others came out of hiding less than two hours after the attack.

Tufekci admits she was emotional for more than one reason. The VCU professor also went to grad school at Ohio State. She is a die-hard buckeyes fan and president of the local OSU alumni association.

“I felt home there and I am here at this position because of Ohio State and things happen. It could happen anywhere. I think the world is changing and we need to be prepared for that. So it’s still a great school.”

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