WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Tuesday will be another somber day for the Purdue University family, as 21-year-old Andrew Boldt who was shot and killed on campus last week, will be laid to rest.
“He had such a positive impact on this community that there are so many people that want to reach out,” said Interim Dean of Students Jim Hintz.
Purdue officials are hoping to make reaching out to family and friends easier by providing free transportation to Boldt’s funeral.
Hintz said it’s the least they could do for grieving students.
“Given the distance and given some of the weather conditions, we thought it was best that we provide professional charter to help students get there so they can go through the grieving process and visit with the family,” said Hintz.
Several Purdue charter buses will leave campus around 12:30 Tuesday afternoon, making the nearly four-hour trip up to Boldt’s hometown.
Hintz said they expect to have two full bus loads of students and plenty of school counselors on hand.
“I think we’re going to find that students are reacting on a spectrum of emotion,” said Hintz. “So, we just want to make sure we have support services there in case they need someone to reach out to while we’re on the trip itself.”
Hintz said students will be able to attend the visitation around 4:30 p.m., prior to the funeral at 7:00 p.m.
As of Monday afternoon, about 50 students had signed up to attend. However, Hintz said he expects that number to grow.
“Purdue is obviously one big family and we may not know each other as well as others, but essentially when something like this happens, we all come together and support each other and this is just one way we can do that,” said Hintz.
The buses will arrive back on campus around 4:00 a.m. Wednesday.
News 18 will provide live coverage from the services throughout the day Tuesday.