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Victim of KSU May 4 shootings dies Robbie Stamps was hit in hip during 1970 incident

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Robert "Robby" Stamps, one of nine students wounded during the May 4, 1970 shootings at Kent State University, died in Tallahassee, Fla. Wednesday night, according to a fellow survivor.
Alan Canfora, also wounded that day, said Stamps, 57, was suffering from the effects of Lyme disease and had come down with pneumonia.
"I just spoke with him last month, in May," Canfora said Thursday night. "He sounded like he felt stronger than in the last year or two."
Canfora said Stamps always suspected he was bitten by a deer tick at Mohican State Forest in Ohio during a retreat for the May 4 Task Force, which he and Canfora helped found in 1975.
Taken to Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna following the shootings, Canfora said the first time he met Stamps was when the two shared a hospital room " Canfora sitting with a gunshot wound to his wrist and Stamps laying facedown with a hip wound.
Canfora said the last time Stamps attended May 4 events was at the invitation of KSU President Emeritus Carol Cartwright in 2000. He said Stamps was "talking about coming up and visiting Ohio" as late as last month.
Stamps graduated magna cum laude from KSU in 1972, later earning master's degrees in both sociology and journalism. However, he had trouble finding a job, and told the Record-Courier it was because of the notoriety he earned because of the events of May 4.
Stamps sued Cuyahoga Community College in February 1978, alleging the school gave him a verbal agreement for a counseling job, but later withdrew it because of his role in the shootings.
In an April 1980 interview with the Record-Courier from his new home in San Diego, he said he loved Northeastern Ohio but had to leave because he couldn't find a job. At the time, he was working as a counselor for a law firm specializing in immigrant affairs.
"Everyone thought I was going to organize the employees. There is still a lot of resentment toward me and the others (former wounded) in Ohio. Nobody knows who I am out here. It's really nice," he said at the time.
A Cleveland native, Stamps also was a published author and writer and ran a Web site called AuthorsWanted.com, which offered help to "aspiring and established authors with every aspect of the writing and publishing process." He also was a musician and wrote a song called "If Only You Were Mine."
"The first time I ever talked to Robbie, he was very concerned about the other students" who were shot, Canfora said. "He was a beautiful guy."
Stamps is survived by his wife, Teresa Sumrall, Canfora said.




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    Posted by snow_bengal June 28, 2008
I'm sorry for Bill59. You obviously didn't know Robby - I did. He wasn't perfect but he struggled a lot in life. As far as May 4 he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I'll miss him.

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    Posted by rw June 20, 2008
God rest his soul. We shouldn't forget what Robert Stamps did back then or everyone els that fought for what they beleived in. Mabey we should do it again or something. Too many wars, when will it ever stop????????????? Peace and love

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    Posted by Maggie June 14, 2008
It has been almost 50 years since MAY 4! When will some people drop the mantle of hate. What was a student doing wrong between classes and getting shot from behind?

Robby was a personal friend and his life was much more than that day. He was a devoted son, a teacher, writer, counselor, musician, brother, husband and a friend to many.

May he rest in peace.

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    Posted by s.swenson June 13, 2008
Maybe praising him because he was a human being and a life was lost. We aren't talking about some criminal, we thank our veterans for Freedom of Speech and just because he voiced his opinion by exercising his freedom of speech doesn't make him any less human or any less of a person. Why judge a person on one event in their life that occurred when they were l9 years old, a college student in the early 70's and stood up for what they believed in?

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    Posted by s.swenson June 13, 2008
Maybe praising him because he was a human being and a life was lost. We aren't talking about some criminal, we thank our veterans for Freedom of Speech and just because he voiced his opinion by exercising his freedom of speech doesn't make him any less human or any less of a person. Why judge a person on one event in their life that occurred when they were l9 years old, a college student in the early 70's and stood up for what they believed in?

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    Posted by Bill59 June 13, 2008
May his family find comfort in the memories they have of him. Here is a guy who fought for what he thought was right and you all are praising him for what I ask? Did he serve in the military Nam. No!! Did he he spend time in the war zone? NO again. Did he get wounded for his Country. No Wake up America this is the horrible truth. We can praise all the solders coming home from Iraq but you'll spit an a Vietnam veterans face.Give Praise to those who deserve it. Not guys like this.

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    Posted by s.swenson June 13, 2008
May his family find comfort in the memories they have of him. The events of that time don't define him for lifetime. Let's not judge all men by the actions of one point in time during young adulthood or we'd all be put down as Gary above states. Obviously not knowing the difference between know one ?? and no one means only the deceased is the one with an education. May he rest in peace. Prayers to his family.

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    Posted by Gary June 13, 2008
Another rebel from may 1 is gone--know one has forgotten what happened at KSU and all the rebels shall always be put down as they should be. I am sorry about his death but everyone dies.

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    Posted by angelbearsuzanne June 13, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with this Entire Family!


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