May 7th, 2009
09:22 PM ET

Wesleyan University Will "Begin to Return to More Regular Operations"

Editor's Note: A letter from the President of Wesleyan University to the university community after the shooting of a student at a bookstore-cafe near campus. More on the situation tonight at 10 p.m. ET.

Police are conducting a nationwide search for suspect Stephen Morgan and fear he might target others.

Police are conducting a nationwide search for suspect Stephen Morgan and fear he might target others.

Michael S. Roth,
President, Wesleyan University

I want to express my heartfelt thanks for the many messages of concern and offers to help that we have received from you after yesterday’s tragic shooting of Johanna Justin-Jinich ’10. As you might imagine, this is a very difficult time at Wesleyan. To know that we are in your thoughts is a great comfort.

After extensive consultation with law enforcement officials, we have decided to begin to move the campus to more regular operations, starting with opening Usdan for a few hours this evening. My wife Kari and I (along with many other faculty and staff) have just come from eating there. We are instructing students to remain indoors after dinner tonight, but meals are being served, tomorrow morning the library will re-open, and before noon tomorrow there will be an announcement of a new, very flexible schedule for final assignments.

But we are still grieving; we still mourn.

Tomorrow at 1 p.m., two days after the shooting that took the life of Johanna Justin-Jinich , Wesleyan will hold a brief memorial vigil in the Huss Courtyard behind the Usdan Center. There will be time for Johanna’s friends and family to plan other ceremonies at Wesleyan, and perhaps elsewhere. But tomorrow we will gather just to be with one another and remember. We will pay our respects to Johanna’s all-too-brief life.

We will gather now because we need to, because it is right to do so, and because we feel it is safe enough to do so. There is now a much more robust police presence on the Wesleyan campus, and we will retain that presence as long as necessary.

We will come together tomorrow at 1 PM in compassionate solidarity with one another, and in remembrance of Johanna. As members of the Wesleyan family, you will be with us in spirit, no matter how far away you are from Middletown.

Yours truly,

Michael S. Roth,
President, Wesleyan University

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Drew

    Heused to work for me in Hawaii. He was always a little weird and out there but he never seemed racist or anti-semitic. I was his supervisor for a couple of years, and believe me when I got a call about this I was...."somewhat surprised."

    May 8, 2009 at 7:14 am |
  2. stony

    i know this guy, i was stationed with him in Hawaii on the same ship. He used to work for me!

    May 8, 2009 at 1:24 am |
  3. Jesus , Lompoc, California

    I think that Stephen Morgan did kill Johanna Justin-Jinich. Why else would Stephen wear a wig, and and enter with a gun to the scene. I think that she was killed because she was Jewish. I think that Stephen will be convicted of the first-degree murder, and I think that he will go to prison for life. I think that people like this deserve that sentence or an even worse sentence(death penalty).

    May 7, 2009 at 10:22 pm |