Update on SU student Kristen Loetz from the President's Office

Monday, September 23, 2013

I visited SU student Kristen Loetz yesterday and, at her request, am sending this email to let everyone know how much she has appreciated the support of so many fellow students, faculty and staff.

Kristen's recovery has been challenging and she has undergone numerous surgeries, but she is strong and in good spirits. Her room is filled with signed posters, cards, stuffed animals, etc. from literally hundreds of well-wishers. She looks great, and it's hard to believe what she endured just three weeks ago.

While Kristen will not be returning immediately to Salisbury University, she is on track and hopes to receive her B.S. in Nursing in December 2014, thanks in large part to the Chair of the Nursing Department, Dr. Lisa Seldomridge.

Kristen and her parents commented to me how incredibly well our University community comes together when faced with adversity. I join Kristen and her family in thanking those of you who assisted as we dealt with this extraordinarily difficult off-campus incident. Special thanks to Kristen's sorority sisters and other friends, Vice President Dane Foust for his tireless efforts and trips to Shock Trauma in Baltimore, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Mentha Hynes-Wilson, Kathy Scott and all our SU counselors, Chief of Police Ed Lashley, and Kristen's faculty. We Sea Gulls can really stick together!

Let us all give thanks for Kristen's amazing road to recovery and for our University's deep commitment to caring for others.

Update on SU student Kristen Loetz

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
10 a.m.

To the Salisbury University Campus Community,

Many thanks to everyone in the SU community who has offered concern and kindness to Kristen Loetz and her family. Kristen remains in a Baltimore hospital in critical, but stable condition. Her family is very appreciative of all the support they have received throughout the past week. At this time, Kristen is unable to receive visitors, other than immediate family and a few very close friends, for fear that she may be exposed to secondary infections that may adversely impact her recovery. Please continue to keep Kristen close to your heart.

Relationship violence is a national issue. According to national studies, more than four in 10 college students have been victims of relationship violence by a partner, friend or acquaintance. President Janet Dudley-Eshbach spoke on these important issues last Sunday at the Student Government Association meeting. If you become aware of individuals involved in dangerous or violent relationships, please contact the Student Affairs Office at 410-543-6080 or the SU Counseling Center at 410-543-6070. Also, please watch for programs and information sessions designed to raise awareness about the issues of violence prevention and relationship violence.

Dane Foust, D.Ed.
Vice President of Student Affairs

A Candlelight Vigil

Thursday, September 05, 2013
9 a.m.

More than 600 students, faculty, staff and friends of the campus gathered Wednesday night to support University student Kristen Loetz, who is in critical condition in the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. Faculty, friends and fellow students praised the young woman for her character, compassion and intellect. Also remembered was Charles “C.J.” Abbott, who was killed while trying to protect her. President Janet Dudley-Eshbach shared reports that Kristen may be able to stand and walk as early as next week and was able to write to her mother that she loved her. The President also spoke about the national issue of relationship violence and urged those confronted with it to seek help.

A Candlelight Vigil Tonight

Wednesday, September 04, 2013
3:30 p.m.

Campus Resources

Counseling Center:
(410) 543-6070

University Police:
(410) 443-6222

Candlelight Vigil at
7 p.m.  Wednesday
in Red Square

Salisbury University hosts a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. tonight in Red Square to show support and concern for student Kristen Loetz, who was seriously wounded in yesterday’s tragic off-campus shooting. All members of the University and greater communities are invited to attend.

Organized by SU students, the vigil will include remarks by SU President Janet Dudley-Eshbach, Student Government Association President Katherine Mooney and others who know Kristen.

For more information call 410-543-6100.

An Update from President Janet Dudley-Eshbach:

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Dear Members of the Salisbury University Campus Community:

Our prayers and condolences go out to the families and friends of those impacted by last evening’s tragic off-campus shooting. Sadly, relationship violence is a national issue and our campus is not immune to it.

Last night around 6 p.m. a Salisbury University student, Kristen Loetz, was seriously wounded and two male non-students killed following an argument at a residence on Onley Road, according to reports from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office. Charles Jacob Abbott, 19, of Hebron, was shot by Ryan Shallue of Stevensville, who then shot himself, reports indicated. Although the two young men are not registered as SU students, their deaths, too, are tragic.

A campus vigil is being planned for tonight at 7 p.m. in Red Square. Kristen, an honors student majoring in nursing, has been actively involved in campus life. We hope the vigil will offer some comfort for the entire campus community. The University’s Counseling Center is open on a walk-in basis for those seeking support and guidance.

Let us hope for Kristen’s full recovery and healing for all the family members and friends of these three individuals. Relationship violence and societal violence in general are far too prevalent and are antithetical to the values and purpose of Salisbury University.

A Message From President Dudley-Eshbach on
Off-Campus Shooting

Tuesday, September 03, 2013
10 p.m.

Dear Members of the Salisbury University Campus Community,

Many of you have heard about this evening’s shooting on Onley Road, near campus.  The Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office has described this as a murder-suicide.  The alleged perpetrator no longer poses a threat to the campus or the greater community, as he is one of the deceased. Neither of the two individuals who died is believed to be a Salisbury University student. I am, however, saddened to inform you that another victim is an SU student.  She has been flown to the University of Maryland Medical Center Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.  We extend our compassion and prayers to the victims' and student’s families and friends.

The Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office and Salisbury Police Department continue to investigate the incident with the full cooperation of the Salisbury University Police Department and all other appropriate campus offices.

This terrible news is shocking, and I remind our students that they are not alone in their feelings.  The Counseling Center is open this evening and also will be open tomorrow for those seeking comfort and guidance. We are a caring community and I know we will support one another following this tragedy.

I will send you more information as it becomes available.
Janet Dudley-Eshbach, Ph.D.
Salisbury University

Update: Off-Campus Shooting

Tuesday, September 03, 2013
8:10 p.m.

Update: The investigation thus far reveals that no continuing threat exists to the campus community.  Authorities still ask that the Onley Road area be avoided as the investigation continues.

Update: Off-Campus Shooting

Tuesday, September 03, 2013
7:45 p.m.

Special Bulletin:  Police are investigating a shooting in the area of Onley Road. Authorities ask that the area be avoided as the investigation continues. There is no further information to report at this time.


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