Purdue remembers shooting victim at first home game since tragedy
West Lafayette (January 23, 2014) — Students at Purdue University are still trying to return to some sense of normalcy two days after a deadly shooting on campus.
Andrew Boldt, 21, was shot and killed while in class at the Electrical Engineering building Tuesday. His alleged shooter, Cody Cousins, 23, has been charged with murder.
A moment of silence was held in honor of Boldt during the school’s first home game at Mackey Arena since the tragedy. Purdue University Athletics also paid tribute to 12-year-old Riley Smith, a Purdue fan who died from a rare disease Sunday.
“We’re often called the front porch university in athletics so we felt like it was a no-brainer,” said Tom Schott, Purdue University Athletics spokesperson. “One life lost is one too many.”
While emotions are still raw, some students say it was important to remember Andrew.
“I think it’s really good to take time to think about him and what happened on Tuesday,” said Cassie Einhorn, a Purdue graduate student. “It’s home for many students — our second home away from home.”
Some of Andrews friends, along with Purdue President, Mitch Daniels, attended the game in honor of the 21-year-old. They remember him as the amazing man who had a bright future in engineering.