Statement of Dean of Students Kenneth Elmore on Deaths of Boston University Students

in News Releases, University Affairs
February 9th, 2005

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“I am deeply saddened to report that Molly Shattuck, a first-year student, and Andrew Voluck, a second year student, were struck and killed by a commuter train early this morning. The incident took place on the tracks that run behind Ashford Street. Our prayers and our hearts go out to their families and to those who knew them. The Boston University community has suffered a great loss.

“Molly is from Ipswich, Massachusetts and turned 19 last month. Andrew, 20, is from Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. They were both students in the College of General Studies.

“Sadly, this accident reminds us all of the dangers ever present in our daily lives. I ask all members of our community to make personal safety their highest priority.

“Support for students, faculty, and staff is available throughout the campus. Chaplains are available in Marsh Chapel throughout the day for anyone who feels the need to gather for group or personal prayer, or to speak with a chaplain or religious advisor. In addition, we have counseling services available through the Mental Health and Counseling Clinic. Residence directors and others members of the Residence Life staff are also available at our campus residences.

“I know this is a shock for our students and their families. I encourage students and parents to be in touch with each other. During this time of tragedy I encourage us all to reach out to each other in sympathy and support.”

Kenneth Elmore, Boston University Dean of Students

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