WEST BEND, Wis. (WLFI) – Exactly one week after Andrew Boldt was shot and killed on Purdue’s campus, hundreds pay tribute to his life.
The visitation and funeral for the 21-year-old Wisconsin native was held Tuesday evening at St. Frances Cabrini church in West Bend, Wis. Family, friends and a sizable contingent from Purdue University made the journey from West Lafayette to pay tribute to the memory of Drew Boldt.
The visitation and funeral of the West Bend native drew hundreds to his home church of St. Frances Cabrini to support his community, his parents, and two brothers.
St. Frances Cabrini pastor Father Nathan Reesman said, “They are doing okay. They are a people of a very deep faith and appreciative of everyone’s prayers and support. They are doing the best they can under the circumstances.”
About 80 Purdue students and staff made the four-hour trip on two buses from West Lafayette. The bus ride up was full of individual conversations, part of the long grieving process.
Purdue Interim Dean of Students Jim Hintz said, “For some students this is an opportunity for them to reflect and remember him and reach out to family and friends in a place where he was loved.”
Purdue President Mitch Daniels also made the trip, flying up with several officials, including Professor David Meyer, who oversaw both Boldt’s work as a TA and his accused killer Cody Cousins.
“To me, it means I’m doing my duty. I believe I’m here as a surrogate for 50,000 Boilermakers, each of whom would like to be here,” said Daniels.
“We’re all preparing, but today is the reality, knowing that he’s gone,” said Boldt’s high school teacher Jean Morell.
For Jean, herself a Boiler graduate, who even wrote a recommendation letter for Boldt to attend Purdue, the turnout means so much.
“To me, it makes me extremely proud of my alma mater. I realize that they are young people who are grieving deeply for a friend, as we all are,” said Morell.
She said those who loved him need to carry on and keep his memory alive, the best way to pay tribute to him.
“To live as Drew lived, to live in service of others, to show kindness to everyone you meet, because that really was who he was,” Morell said.