WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University students boarded buses to attend the funeral of their slain classmate in West Bend, Wis. on Tuesday.
Andrew Boldt, 21, was fatally shot and stabbed Jan. 21 on Purdue's campus.
The university provided three buses for students, faculty and staff to make the journey to Boldt’s hometown.
Officials said 76 students boarded the buses to honor their classmate. Friends took the opportunity to remember Boldt.
Senior Ryan Johnson said Boldt was smart, but quirky.
"He’d always be walking around with cargo shorts and a T-shirt even in weather like this. He was pretty crazy . He was one of the faces you'd see around the Electrical Engineering Building. He would always be willing to help. We miss him,” Johnson said.
Authorities have not yet commented on a motive in Boldt’s death. Fellow classmates said he was a model student.
"If you asked me two weeks ago who was the best student on campus, it would be Andrew Boldt. Combine that with he truly enjoyed teaching. He was a TA for four years. He was one of the best TAs and students on campus," classmate E.J. Williams said.
"It's pretty important throughout the entire community. It’s important that we make a showing from Purdue. He did mean a lot and he was a really good kid," student Evan Stockrahm said.
Some students went to the funeral to seek closure, but if they cannot find it, the university is prepared to help.
“We have counseling services available at our Counseling and Mental Health Services. We also have the Dean of Students office that can do some grief counseling as well as provide support for class absences and work with faculty for students who are having difficulty managing the grief process," Interim Dean of Students Jim Hintz said.
The buses are expected to return early Wednesday morning after students attend the visitation and the funeral service.
Purdue has scheduled a day of healing for Friday to help those on campus cope with the tragedy. Counselors and therapy dogs will be on hand to help students and faculty at the France A. Cordova Recreational Sports Center from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.
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