Purdue students return to class Thursday, shooting suspect due in court
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Jan. 23, 2014) — Purdue students return to class Thursday as the shadow of this week’s fatal shooting looms over campus.
Classes were canceled Tuesday and Wednesday following the shooting death of Andrew Boldt, 21, inside a basement classroom at the Electrical Engineering Building. Police said Cody Cousins, 23, shot and killed Boldt. Cousins is due in court Thursday for an initial hearing.
Many students know that trying to keep up with their studies, while simultaneously coping with this shooting, won’t be easy. But, some say, the key is to stay strong and stay together.
“I think everybody’s gonna try and move on as best as we can, but, I mean it’s probably gonna still be in the back of everyone’s mind,” said Shelby Kanouse, a senior at Purdue University. “I’m just gonna try and do everything like I’d normally do and move on.”
For those who knew and worked with Boldt, it’ll be even more difficult.
“Honestly, he was the best TA, ya know? We always made sure to go and grab him and have him teach us,” said student E.J. Williams.
Williams became friends with Boldt about a year and a half ago when Williams was in the first class that electrical engineer students take. He says Boldt was in high demand and he was dedicated.
“I know multiple people on campus that he stayed up past 4 a.m. teaching them in class, teaching them their material. So, he was genuinely nice,” Williams said.
Boldt’s life was cut short Tuesday afternoon when police say Cousins entered a basement classroom of the Electrical Engineering Building and fired four or five bullets in what was believed to be a targeted shooting.
“It is not exaggerated to say that this campus has a tremendous sense of spirit,” said Mitch Daniels, president of Purdue University.
Daniels cut short a university relationship building trip in South America when he was alerted of the shooting.
“He (Boldt) was a remarkable young man, a terrible loss, to think what he could have been is very sad,” Daniels said.
As the coping continues, so do the recollections of the fond memories.
“He loved his shorts and his t-shirt, no matter the weather outside. So we’ve got a few ideas to remember him by,” Williams said.
There were some concerns that some professors still made students continue classes even with the emergency. President Mitch Daniels said those reports will be looked at to see if that was indeed the case.