The Oregon gunman had already shot several students at close range when he stood inches from Lacey Scroggins and demanded she stand.
It was only the fourth day of community college for the 18-year-old and she was facing a test no education could prepare her for as she laid face down, her head tucked between her outstretched arms among dead and dying classmates.
Scroggins could hear someone gurgling and she felt the weight of fellow student Treven Anspach, 20, pressed against her as his blood flowed into her clothing. Anspach would be among the dead.
She prayed and played dead. The killer stepped over her and shot someone else.
In a rampage lasting about 10 minutes, Christopher Harper-Mercer took nine lives Thursday morning before killing himself as officers closed in, placing Roseburg among the settings infamous for inexplicable violence.