Grief Counselors Made Available at Murdered Reporter Dylan Lyons’ Alma Mater

By Kevin Eck 

The University of Central Florida’s communication school is offering counseling and support to students and faculty in the wake of the murder of Spectrum News reporter and school alum Dylan Lyons.

The Nicholson School of Communication and Media has invited grief counselors into classes, said school director Robert Littlefield, PhD.

“We need to continue to provide help and support because grief comes in waves,” Littlefield said.


Lyons was one of three killed after five people were shot in Pine Hills last Wednesday.

UCF senior Caroline Brauchler, the editor-in-chief of NSM Today and vice president of UCF’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, said the grief counselor in her capstone class wasn’t there to guide the discussion but was there if students help.

“To be there in case any student wants to meet with them afterwards or whatever contributions that the counselor could make to our discussion to help us to identify our feelings and to understand why we feel this way,” she said.