After Shooting, Purdue Vigil Draws Hundreds of Students

Jan 22, 2014

After Tuesday’s shooting at Purdue University that left one dead, hundreds of students and community members gathered last night for a candle light vigil to honor the victim, Andrew Boldt. 

The vigil was held in front of the electrical engineering building, where the shooting occurred and suspect Cody Cousins was arrested by police.

Purdue Student Body President Kyle Pendergast encouraged his classmates to help each other through the aftermath of this tragedy.

"As Boilermakers, we are family, and as family we need to be supportive of one another during both the positive experiences and the trials and tribulations such as this," Pendergast said. 

Jim Hintz is the acting Dean of Students at Purdue. He acknowledged the aftermath of the shooting will stick with the Purdue community for a while, and the university is available for help. 

“Whether it’s later this evening or tomorrow, or even next week, we’re here for each other as we reflect and try to make sense of what happened on our campus today,” Hintz said.

President Mitch Daniels is returning to Purdue today after cancelling a business trip in Colombia. 

Police are still investigating the motive for the shooting.