Students find support in each other after shooting

"It is with great sadness that I must tell you that on Monday evening, ChenWei Guo, one of our international students, was killed in a senseless, random act of violence," a letter for University of Utah President David W. Pershing said Tuesday. 


Even with classes canceled dozens of students showed up on campus to support each other, and honor the life of 23-year-old ChenWei Guo.

Guo was shot after an attempted car jacking by Austin Boutain, 24, near the Red Butte Canyon Monday night. The incident sent the campus into an alert and students were told to shelter in place.

More than 100 officers from eight different departments searched the campus, but Boutain was eventually discovered at the Salt Lake City Library downtown where he was taken into custody by security.

Classes were canceled at the U, but dozens still showed up for at the Union Ballroom. Sydney Stephan  was one of many students on hand. While she didn't think know Guo she said it was important for her to be there.

"If I were in this situation I would want people to be here," said Stephan. "I think as the University of Utah we show love for whoever it may be and it was just the right thing to do."



Organizers of the event wanted students to feel safe, and let them know it's okay to have mixed feelings about this event. Wazir Jefferson is a Student Success Advocate at the university. During his speech he encouraged students to use this moment as a time to come together.

"I hold up my U as a sense and a reminder to the light that we are much more connected than we are different."

Students are reminded of the vast resources availed to them if they need to talk to someone about how they're feeling.

Police say Monday night's shooting started as a domestic violence call. 

If you or someone you know is in a dangerous, domestic situation there is free and confidential help. Support for victims and survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence is available 24/7: 1-800-897-LINK (5465) or at udvc.org
If you or someone else is in immediate danger, or in an emergency, please call 9-1-1 immediately

Official updates from University of Utah campus officials can be found here


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