WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Jan. 21, 2015) – A moment of silence was held Wednesday to honor a student who was murdered at Purdue University a year ago.
On Jan. 21, 2014, Andrew Boldt, 21, was stabbed and shot multiple times in an electrical engineering classroom. Cody Cousins, who was also a Purdue University student, pleaded guilty to murdering Boldt.
“He (Boldt) was just an amazing individual who was very talented,” Aharon Hannan said.
Members of the student government wanted to reflect on Boldt’s life today on the one-year anniversary of his death. They also wanted to help students heal, which is why the student government organized a campus-wide moment of silence.
“I personally didn’t know him, but he’s a Purdue student so that’s all that matters,” Caroline McKinney, VP of the student government, said.
Hannan knew Boldt for two years because he took courses that Boldt supervised as a teacher’s assistant.
“This is my last year here and I just knew that it’d be the best thing to support the family and memory and be a part of it,” Hannan said.
As a response to the crime on campus, various changes were implemented. Faculty and students received more training. Emergency alert beacons were installed in several classrooms and some of the doors to those classrooms can now be locked from the inside.
“It’s tragic that Purdue had to lose him (Boldt),” McKinney said.
As part of Wednesday’s moment of silence, McKinney said they made pamphlets and fliers available to students with information about mental health in order to raise awareness.
“If a student is grieving or if they’re having trouble, we can get them help so that something tragic doesn’t happen again,” McKinney said.
Doctors said Cousins suffered from a mental illness.
“You can’t help, but think what could we have done differently to prevent this and I think giving attention to mental health that can never hurt,” McKinney said.
Cousins, who was serving a 65-year sentence at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City, committed suicide in October.