For my readers who have heard the terrible news, and for those who haven't, let me explain my thoughts and feelings on this tragedy.
Yesterday, on the kickoff of our Homecoming week, a third-year Auggie went about six blocks from campus to tutor Somalian children. After his tutoring shift, he left, and was soon after shot and killed.
As of this morning, there are no suspects.
I want to say, firstly, that prospective students should not let this affect their decision to study in Minneapolis. Our neighborhoods, most importantly, the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood are very diverse, and houses a lot of first or second generation immigrants. Regardless, or better yet, because of this, Augsburg maintains an incredibly healthy relationship with our neighborhood. We engage our neighbors in courses, and encourage our students to volunteer at places like the Franklin Learning Center, which helps immigrants study for citizenship tests, among other things. We learn from each other.
Naturally, the Augsburg community, and the Somalian community of Minneapolis, expressed its shock and sadness over this very unexpected event.
So I guess, there is no "secondly." Or, at least, I don't want to think of anything else right now.
Please think of our community as we mourn the untimely taking of an Auggie who was just trying to make his world a little better.