While suspect information cannot be released at this time, the initial investigation indicates this was an act directed specifically toward the victim and was not a random act of violence. During the preliminary investigation all residence halls were closed shortly after the incident. However, subsequent information revealed that the persons responsible left the University area immediately. Residence halls will reopen at 7:00 AM on October 1, 2007.
The Memphis Police Department's Homicide Bureau is leading the investigation with the assistance of the University Police. The investigation is continuing and further information will be made available as it develops.
If you have any information related to this incident, please call the University Police at 678-4357 (HELP), e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or submit a tip anonymously here.
Classes at the main campus only are cancelled on Monday, October 1, 2007, to allow time for further police investigation, and to ensure the well-being of our students, faculty, staff and visitors.
President Raines has announced that all University offices will be open to allow students to have access to counselors and advisors. While classes are cancelled on Monday, October 1, 2007, when they resume on October 2 professors should take into account the effect this event may have had on students. Students are encouraged to speak with their professors if they feel the need.