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Court Hearing for Fatal Purdue Shooting

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A court hearing is scheduled today (Thursday) for the Purdue University teaching assistant who allegedly shot and killed a fellow teaching assistant on the West Lafayette campus Tuesday. A memorial service was held last night for 21-year-old Andrew Boldt in his hometown of West Bend, Wisconsin, about 40 miles northwest of Milwaukee. Police continue to investigate a motive behind the shooting. The suspect, identified as 23-year-old Cody Cousins of Warsaw, Indiana, was being held at the Tippecanoe County Jail on a preliminary charge or murder.
Cousins is scheduled to be arraigned at 2 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 23) in the Tippecanoe County Jail courtroom, according to the county prosecutor's office. Classes, which were suspended on Tuesday (Jan. 21) and Wednesday (Jan. 22) in the wake of the shooting, will resume Thursday (Jan. 23).  Purdue Provost Tim Sands notified faculty that neither they nor their students would be responsible for any coursework that was scheduled to have taken place from the time of Tuesday's incident through the end of Wednesday's cancelled course sessions.
The main floor and upper levels of the Electrical Engineering Building where the shooting took place were reopened Wednesday afternoon to faculty, staff and students wanting to return to offices, labs or classrooms. Representatives from building services, physical facilities and the dean of students' office were available to assist those returning, and police were on site to ensure people were able to enter and exit in an orderly fashion. Escorts also were available to assist those needing to retrieve items from areas of the building still closed.
Classrooms 065 and 067, where the shooting occurred, will be closed for at least the remainder of this academic year. All other classrooms and labs will be open for regular use beginning Thursday (Jan. 23). Students in the closed classrooms are being notified individually on where their classes and labs will meet, but any classes scheduled for those two rooms will not meet for the remainder of this week.
The university continues to offer counseling for students, faculty and staff.


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