Purdue shooting

Kristin Malavenda / WBAA News

A year to the day after an engineering student was murdered on campus, the Purdue community Thursday attempted to mark the event with a campus-wide moment of silence.

There were some solemn observances – but other areas appeared not to notice the anniversary at all.

Bell Tower Designated As Meeting Place

As the Purdue bell tower announced the arrival of the noon hour, a group of students and staff stood in the cold wind, looking up at the tower’s clock.

Casey Kuhn / Indiana Public Broadcasting

In the wake of campus shootings at Purdue and Florida State Universities this year, Indiana University Tuesday held an exercise for the first time, designed to simulate an active shooter on campus.

Parts of campus were blocked off, a building was shut down and two police departments responded to a drill meant to prepare the campus in case of an armed individual.

About 150 people were involved in the drill including university police, Bloomington police and fire departments, and IU emergency management.

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A Tippecanoe County judge has sentenced Cody Cousins, the man convicted of killing fellow Purdue student Andrew Boldt in January, to 65 years in jail.

Friday's hearing lasted close to four hours and featured pointed testimony from both of Boldt's parents, both of whom glared at Cousins during their statements.

Boldt's mother Mary asked Cousins to tell her why he killed her son, but she couldn't have liked the answer when it came later in the hearing.

Purdue security panel to present findings

Apr 29, 2014

Purdue has completed a review of emergency practices and procedures that was prompted by the murder of a student on campus January 21st.

The ad hoc panel to evaluate security feedback solicited opinions from the university community and has identified a number of areas where improvements could be made to training, preparedness, alert, and response mechanisms.

Purdue’s president says an initial review of how law enforcement and the university handled the fatal shooting and stabbing on campus last month are positive.

Mitch Daniels says a more thorough review is underway.

He says there is always room for improvement to emergency preparedness plans.

But he says as far as the events of January 21st, any changes to law enforcement or university response would not have changed the outcome.

Purdue professor in serious condition after shooting

Jan 31, 2014

A Purdue professor remains in serious condition after allegedly being shot by her husband last night in their rural West Lafayette home.

Tippecanoe County sheriff's deputies were called to the home on Farmstead Lane about 8:45 pm Thursday, where they found 51-year-old Marcia Gentry who had sustained multiple gunshot wounds.

Gentry is a professor in Purdue’s department of educational studies.

Her husband, 64-year-old William Byers, was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Purdue Student Government senators are moving forward with a committee focused on campus safety.

Its creation is in response to the deadly shooting and stabbing of a student last week.

PSG Vice President Meg Highley says while the new panel is in reaction to the incident, it is also necessary to try to prevent similar situations.

This committee is tasked with collecting student opinions through open forums.

Highley says the goal is to make everybody feel safe on campus and she is encouraging students to take part in the process.

Funeral arrangements set for Andrew Boldt

Jan 24, 2014

Funeral arrangements have been made for Andrew Boldt.

Visitation will take place from 3 to 6:30 Tuesday evening at St. Frances Cabrini Church in his hometown of West Bend, Wisconsin.

A funeral Mass is set for the same evening at seven o’clock.

The 21-year-old engineering student was killed Tuesday on Purdue’s campus.

Cody Cousins, also an engineering student, has been charged with murder.

The suspect in the death of a Purdue student Tuesday has entered a plea of not guilty.

Cody Cousins made his initial court appearance yesterday in a courtroom at the Tippecanoe County Jail, where he is being held without bond.

He is being charged with murder in the death of Andrew Boldt.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed in Tippecanoe Superior Court 2, Cousins entered the Electrical Engineering building around noon Tuesday, found Boldt in a basement classroom, and proceeded to shoot and stab him.

Cody Cousins is being charged with murder in the death of fellow Purdue student Andrew Boldt.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed in Tippecanoe Superior Court 2, Cousins entered the Electrical Engineering building around noon Tuesday, found Boldt in a basement classroom, and proceeded to shoot and stab him.

Cousins was taken into custody within minutes outside the Northwestern Avenue entrance to the building.

Police later located a handgun, several shell casings, and a knife near Boldt’s body on the floor of the classroom where the attack occurred.

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