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Last updated on Wednesday, January 29, 2014
(WEST LAFAYETTE) - Students at Purdue University boarded charter buses Tuesday that will take them to the funeral of a fellow classmate.
Andrew Boldt was killed a week ago today in the electrical engineering building on campus. Another engineering student, Cody Cousins, is charged with his murder.
Students and faculty will make the four-hour journey to Wisconsin, where a visitation and funeral Mass will be held in West Bend at the Saint Frances Cabrini Church for Andrew Boldt.
About 80 students and faculty made the trip. Some students were reluctant to talk, as they are still coping with the trauma of Boldt's violent death. He was shot and stabbed in front of classmates.
Purdue officials say their counseling services have been busy with over 100 students seeking help after last week's traumatic shooting.
The university hopes that providing the opportunity to attend the funeral will help students cope with their loss.
"It'll give the family an opportunity to meet his friends that maybe they didn't get to meet, that were here at Purdue, and really understand how much he was loved on this campus," said Jim Hintz, acting dean of students at Purdue.
"I think a number of them will take away different experiences, but ultimately this will be one part of their grief process. Each of the students are dealing with this in different ways, but this will be an opportunity for them to remember Andrew with the family and, I would imagine, there will be a large turnout of people that loved him and can be with them at this time," Hintz added.
Purdue University President Mitch Daniels will also attend the funeral services.
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