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Community Gathering and Update on Student Tragedy

Nov. 19, 2007 (Sent at 3:21 p.m.)

To:  University Community
From:  Kimberly Goff-Crews and Hank Webber
Subject:  Community Gathering and Update on Student Tragedy

We are writing as a follow-up to President Zimmer’s message this morning about the shooting death of Amadou Cisse. We have heard many expressions of outrage, fear, sadness and concern from community members, and we thought many of you would appreciate a chance to come together this evening. A community gathering has been scheduled from 5:30-7 p.m. tonight, November 19, in the McCormick Tribune Lounge on the first floor of Reynolds Club for us to discuss the community’s response to this tragedy.

Amadou’s untimely death is especially poignant because he had successfully defended his dissertation in chemistry and was scheduled to receive his degree at convocation on December 7. The University will award his degree posthumously. We are in contact with close family and friends and will be working with them and members of the University community to determine an appropriate way to honor his life. We will share details about a memorial service celebrating his life as soon as they are finalized.

Police will be issuing a community alert later today with more details about the investigation, and we will post any updates to our website at The University has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for this crime.

As you know, there were two other incidents on or near campus last night. Police are investigating whether or not these incidents are related. Anyone who might have information related to any of these incidents should call the Chicago Police Department’s Area 2 Violent Crimes at 312-747-8272.

Both the University and CPD are increasing patrols in and around campus. We also have increased the number of vehicles for the SafeRide program starting immediately. We advise community members to be vigilant, to take full advantage of our safety resources, and to review the safety guidelines posted at

If you have additional questions, please contact Sonya Malunda, assistant vice president and director of community affairs, 773-702-4568,

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