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UPDATE: Purdue Plans Posthumous Degree for Slain Student

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATE: Fri 9:36 AM, Feb. 21, 2014

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Purdue University officials are moving ahead with plans to award a posthumous degree to the student fatally shot and stabbed during a campus attack last month.

The Purdue board's Academic Affairs Committee voted Thursday to endorse the posthumous degree in electrical engineering for 21-year-old Andrew Boldt of West Bend, Wis. Officials say he had met most of the degree requirements before he was killed Jan. 21 inside Purdue's Electrical Engineering Building on the West Lafayette campus.

Trustee JoAnn Brouillette tells WLFI-TV that board members hope granting the degree helps the healing process for Boldt's family.

Another electrical engineering student faces murder charges in Boldt's death and is jailed without bond while awaiting trial.

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UPDATE: Wednesday 11:09 AM, January 29, 2014

WEST BEND, Wis. (AP) -- Hundreds of people packed a Catholic church in a southeastern Wisconsin city to mourn the death of a Purdue University student who was killed in a campus classroom last week.

University President Mitch Daniels and fellow engineering students traveled from West Lafayette, Ind., for the funeral of Andrew Boldt, held at St. Francis Cabrini in West Bend Tuesday night.

Daniels says that as he learned more about Boldt and his family he realized "America doesn't have any finer people."

Teachers and friends from Boldt's former school, Marquette University High in Milwaukee, were among the mourners. WISN-TV reports Marquette's president, Rev. Warren Sazama, urged those dealing with Boldt's death to come together as a community of faith in prayer.

Another Purdue engineering student, Cody Cousins, is charged with killing Boldt.
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UPDATE: Tues 10:33 AM, Jan. 28, 2014

WEST BEND, Wis. (AP) -- Family and friends of Andrew Boldt will pay their respects to the 21-year-old West Bend native killed last week at Purdue University.

The Boldt family will receive visitors from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Saint Frances Cabrini Church in West Bend. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 7 p.m.

Those expected to attend include Mitch Daniels, Purdue's president and a former Indiana governor.

The university also is providing charter bus service for students who want to come from Purdue to Wisconsin for the funeral.

Boldt was fatally shot and stabbed last week by another student. A not-guilty plea was entered on behalf of Cody Cousins, the 23-year-old charged in his death.

A scholarship fund is being set up in Boldt's memory.

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UPDATE: Wed 8:45 PM, Jan. 22, 2014

WEST BEND, Wis. (AP) -- The West Bend native who was shot and killed at Purdue University this week is being remembered for his kind heart and eagerness to help others.

About 150 people gathered for a prayer service Wednesday evening at Saint Frances Cabrini Parish in West Bend, Wis., about 40 miles northwest of Milwaukee. They were there to remember Andrew Boldt, who was killed Tuesday.

Many entered the parish quietly, some carrying boxes of tissues. They hugged in silence, looked at each other with tearful eyes and slowly made their way to the pews.

Pastor Nathan Reesman remembers Boldt as polite, friendly and bright. He says now isn't the time to look for answers, but to care for and support one another.

Funeral plans are still being finalized.

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UPDATE: Wed 9:33 AM, Jan. 22, 2014

WEST BEND, Wis. (AP) -- Family members of an engineering student shot and killed at Purdue University are expressing gratitude for prayers and support as they deal with the death of the 21-year-old man.

Andrew Boldt was killed by a fellow engineering student in a basement classroom at Purdue's Electrical Engineering Building Tuesday. In a statement issued by their church, Saint Francis Cabrini Parish in West Bend, the Boldt family asks for privacy and says there will be public opportunities to pray together in the days ahead.

Boldt was graduated from Marquette University High School in Milwaukee. School president, the Rev. Warren Sazama, remembers Boldt as likable, kindhearted and a gifted student. He says Boldt's mother told him a person doesn't just wake up in the morning expecting her son to be the victim of a one-in-a-million tragic shooting.

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UPDATE: Tues 6:16 PM, Jan. 21, 2014

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Police say the man killed in a Purdue University shooting was a senior at the school who was a teaching assistant, and the suspect is also a student.

Purdue Police Chief John Cox said Tuesday that 23-year-old Cody Cousins of Warsaw, Ind., is being held in the Tippecanoe County Jail on a preliminary charge of murder.

Cousins is accused of shooting 21-year-old Andrew Boldt of West Bend, Wis., in the university's Electrical Engineering Building around noon Tuesday.

Cox says police are still investigating the motive behind the shooting but that it appears Cousins targeted Boldt. No one else was injured.

Cox says Boldt was a senior and worked as a teaching assistant in the school. Cousins is a student in the engineering school.

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UPDATE: Tues 4:09 PM, Jan. 21, 2014

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Officials at Purdue University in Indiana say one person was killed in a shooting at a campus classroom building.

Purdue Provost Tim Sands says he didn't immediately know the identity of the person killed or the person's connection to the university.

Campus police chief John Cox says the suspect is in custody after surrendering outside the Electrical Engineering Building following the shooting about noon Tuesday.

Cox says the person appeared to have targeted the victim.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Tues 12:11 PM, Jan. 21, 2014

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Police have a person in custody following a reported shooting at Purdue University in Indiana.

A Twitter post from the university says the shooting happened Tuesday at the electrical engineering building on the school's campus in West Lafayette, about 60 miles northwest of Indianapolis.

Further posts say police have a person in custody, though no details have been released.

The university says it told people to take shelter and have cleared the building as the area is searched. A university spokesman couldn't immediately be reached for details, including whether anyone was hurt.

Television footage from the scene shows a fire truck and several law enforcement vehicles around the building. The building is in the middle of campus and across from the administration building housing President Mitch Daniels' office.


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