UCA remembers students
|Updated: 10/29/2008 10:21 am
||Published: 10/26/2008 10:38 pm
Investigators now have four men in custody in connection with the shooting deaths of two UCA students on campus Sunday night.
UCA cancelled all classes for Monday and right now are remembering the two students killed.
Investigators say they don't believe it's a random act but they are not getting into how the gunmen knew the victims, if at all.
The campus is back open but the wounds will take longer to close. "This is something you absolutely pray never happens, but it happened," says Lt. Preston Grumbles with the UCA Police Department.
"I was watching TV and we heard a bunch of gunshots," says UCA freshman Sarah Wilson.
Moments later, two UCA students were dead. A third victim was shot in the leg. Police are looking for one more suspect. Three others are in custody and being questioned but investigators won't say much else.
"As far as the involvement of all four individuals, we're still piecing that together as far as what involvement each one of them had," says UCA police Lt. Preston Grumbles
Classes were cancelled Monday, the campus was mostly quiet. It was a sharp contrast to the confusion and fear freshman Sarah Wilson witnessed the night before. "It was a little unbelievable that it happened," Wilson says
There are still reminders where the double homicide happened between a fine arts building and a residence hall.
"This is a tragedy," Courtway says.
Now UCA mourns its victims; Ryan Henderson, 18, a freshman from Little Rock who lived in Arkansas Hall and sophomore Chavares Block, 19, a pre-engineering major from Dermott.
"We express our deepest sympathy and offer our prayers and thoughts to the families of the two UCA students who lost their lives," Courtway says.
"I'm really sorry to those families that lost their children and brothers," Wilson says. "I really hope that they make it through this hard time."
Police are also looking at surveillance cameras purchased after the Virginia Tech massacre in April 2007.
Classes will resume Tuesday. Also, Tuesday will include a vigil at the Ida Waldron Auditorium at 1:40pm.