UF Mourns Death of Student

Published: September 20th, 1999

Category: Memos

Dr. James Scott, Vice President

Brian Tew, 20, a sophomore majoring in criminal justice, died Sunday at Shands Hospital as the result of injuries he suffered during an altercation at the Campus Club Apartments Saturday morning. Tew, a native of Long Island, NY was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. As always, the University of Florida strongly condemns violence of any kind and is completely committed to the safety of all our students. This tragic event reminds us of the need for each member of our community to behave responsibly and to exercise personal restraint in all situations. “The university and its extended family of alumni and friends offer our deepest sympathies to the family of our student Brian Tew. We know that everyone in this community grieves with Brian’s family and hold him and them in their prayers,” said UF President John V. Lombardi. The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office has charged Joshua Wells with second degree murder. Wells, a resident of Live Oak, is not a University of Florida student. There is no indication that the incident is linked to Saturday’s Tennessee-Florida football game.

The Counseling Center, located in P301 Peabody Hall (392-1575) and the Student Mental Health Center, located in Room 245 of the Student Infirmary Building (392-1171), offer support services for any UF student who has been affected by this tragedy.

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