Purdue, West Bend communities mourn death of Marquette High grad

West Lafayette, Ind. — As an undergraduate teaching assistant in electrical engineering at Purdue University, Andrew Boldt was a professor's dream.

"Someone you hire four times in a row is truly exceptional," Purdue professor David G. Meyer said Wednesday. "Through his work, I knew him to be a wonderful person, very pleasant. I can't imagine anyone not liking him."

Boldt, 21, a senior from West Bend, was gunned down in front of other students Tuesday in a basement lab inside Purdue's electrical engineering building.

Cody M. Cousins, 23, is accused of shooting Boldt and is due to make his initial hearing Thursday afternoon at Tippecanoe County Jail.

Like Boldt, Cousins was an undergraduate teaching assistant.

The slaying has shocked the campus community and left people grasping for a reason why such a horrific act occurred.

With a light snow blanketing the Purdue campus Wednesday, there was little activity, since classes were canceled. Some students returned to the electrical engineering building to recover their belongings while school officials made plans to reopen the campus Thursday.

In an interview in his office, Purdue University Provost Timothy Sands said, "It'll be a matter of days or weeks before we really understand."
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