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Professor and police remembering the sixth anniversary of Purdue University shooting

On this day six years ago, student Andrew Boldt was killed after being shot in a Purdue University classroom. This tragic event still sticks with professors and law enforcement today.

Posted: Jan 21, 2020 6:52 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — On this day six years ago, student Andrew Boldt was killed after being shot in a Purdue University classroom.

As students graduate and move on, this tragic shooting still sticks with professors and law enforcement today.

"Why would someone want to harm someone who has been so helpful to so many people," asked Electrical Engineering Professor David Meyer.

It's a question Meyer is still seeking answers to today, why Andrew Boldt?

"He was one of my very best TA's just characterized by a desire to help others," said Meyer. "He just really had a servant's heart."

Boldt was Meyer's teacher's assistant and student for many semesters. He was with Boldt in the lab just 30 minutes before he got the tragic call.

"I got a phone call and I started hearing sirens, at that point, the building was locked up, blocked off so I was just kind of stuck in my office trying to find out what had happened," said Meyer.

He soon found out another one of his students, Cody Cousins entered that same lab and fired multiple shots at Boldt, who died in the lab.

"It was just total shock that we found out who did it and why and well we didn't know why for a long time, I guess we still don't know why," said Meyer.

According to court documents, Cousins claimed he did it because he wanted to. He was sentenced to 65-years in prison that year but killed himself in jail months later.

"It's one of those flashbulb incidents that you never forget," said West Lafayette Police Chief Troy Harris. "You don't forget where you were you remember every little detail about it."

Purdue University Police Department led the investigation but Chief Harris said that day required multiple agencies on deck.

"We jumped in as a support role and stood along with them throughout the entire event," said Harris.

Experiencing that incident brought a lot of lessons for law enforcement.

"We've come a long way in six years, we've really increased the way that we respond to those incidents, the way we train for them," said Harris.

As Professor Meyer comes to the end of his 50 years of teaching, he's leaving with lessons he plans to carry beyond the classroom.

"Just realize how precious time and family is," said Meyer.

Boldt was in his last semester of college before the shooting. He was 21-years-old.

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