Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Statement from Rumaldo Z. Juárez, Ph.D., President, Texas A&M University-Kingsville:

KINGSVILLE - April 24, 2007

Contact: Jill Scoggins
jill.scoggins@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2146

“Texas A&M University-Kingsville extends deepest sympathies to the students, faculty, staff and families of Virginia Tech. We are shocked and dismayed by the senseless acts of violence that occurred on your campus today. A university campus should be a place where lives are reaffirmed and enriched, not cut short in a hail of gunfire. To the families and friends of those lost today, we extend our concern and prayers. The loss of any life is heartbreaking, but losing the promise that a student’s life holds is especially wrenching. We also continue to lift up those who were injured in our thoughts and prayers. We hope that they can heal in body, mind and spirit.

“We also extend concern to any student – on our campus and elsewhere – who may be feeling anxious or traumatized by today’s events. Our Life Services and Wellness department stands ready to assist any student who needs help to comprehend today’s senseless deaths and injuries. We invite students to contact Life Services and Wellness for help in coping.

“The tragedy that occurred today must not be allowed to be repeated. The physical safety of our nation’s most precious assets – our students – must always be paramount to those of us that are charged with their education. Texas A&M University-Kingsville has zero tolerance for violence against its students and joins with our fellow institutions of higher learning across the country in deploring the tragic acts of violence that were committed on the Virginia Tech campus today.

“In closing, I extend my support to President Charles W. Steger and the faculty, staff and especially the students of Virginia Tech. Today, all of us in higher education stand shoulder-to-shoulder with you. We hope that our support can help you bear the sorrow and pain of this tragedy and help the healing to begin.

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