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Loyola President's Statement on Auburn, UNC student shootings

Loyola press release - March 7, 2008

I would like to extend my personal and heartfelt condolences, and those of the entire Loyola community, to everyone at Auburn University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the loss they are currently experiencing. The deaths of Lauren Burk of Auburn and Eve Carson of UNC are horrible tragedies, and we are keeping all at these universities in our thoughts and prayers during this time. We consider our fellow institutions of higher learning as a family, and as such, we grieve with Auburn and UNC for the students they have just lost.

I would also like to assure members of our community that the Loyola administration and Loyola University Police Department work very hard to ensure your safety while you are on the Loyola campus. We have a substantial, experienced police force that is commissioned both by the State of Louisiana and the New Orleans Police Department which maintains a vigilant watch over our campus and the immediate surrounding area. Our police department works very closely with the NOPD and Tulane Police to ensure we get up-to-the minute reports on any crime in our vicinity. Several emergency phones and security cameras are also placed around campus for your safety. LUPD will respond immediately to anyone who uses the emergency phones.

Should you notice suspicious persons on or around the campus, I urge you to report them immediately to LUPD at extension 3434 or 864-3434. If off campus, report it immediately to NOPD at 821-2222 or call 911 in any emergency, on or off campus.

Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J.