U of U students return to class following fatal shooting on campus

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) - Students at the University of Utah returned to class Wednesday, nearly two days after an international student was shot and killed on campus. 

ChinWei Guo, 23, was a student from China studying computer science. Monday night he and a friend were parked near Red Butte Canyon, when police claim accused shooter Austin Boutain approached them and tried to carjack Guo. Police say Boutain shot and killed Guo and also shot at his friend. 

A manhunt ensued that lasted all night and into the next afternoon. Boutain was located at the Salt Lake Library Tuesday and taken into custody. 

As a result of the shooting and manhunt, the U's campus was put on lockdown. Tuesday the lockdown was lifted but class was canceled for the day. 

Students returning to class Wednesday said there was a palpable feeling of sadness in the air. 

"Even if people don't know each other directly, everyone is here collectively and so there is that feeling of community and that feeling that we lost somebody that meant something to this university," said student Abby Cavender. "He had the potential to do something great in life and I think everybody can feel it."

Counselors were on hand at the university to help students and employees cope with the incident. The American flag at Presidents' Circle was flown at half-staff. 


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