WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Just after noon on Jan. 21, 21-year-old Andrew Boldt was shot and killed inside the Electrical Engineering building on Purdue’s campus.
Around the same time one week later, students gathered to tell him goodbye.
“You want to remember him and how great of a guy he was and how much of an impact he had on you,” said Boldt’s friend E.J. Williams. “He had an impact on many people here at Purdue.”
Three Purdue charter buses provided by the university transported more than 75 students to Boldt’s funeral Tuesday.
The service, held in Boldt’s hometown of West Bend, Wis., gave many like Williams the chance to show their support for his family.
“It’s great for everyone at Purdue to go up there and support his family and to show them how great of a guy he was at Purdue,” said Williams.
For Dan Spall, it was a chance for closure. Spall said he sent Boldt a text message immediately following the shooting asking him one question.
“Are you ok,” said Spall.
Spall said that question was never answered. Now, he said he’ll spend the day remembering a friend and classmate who was taken too soon.
“It’s just kind of that final moment of goodbye,” said Spall. “This entire past week has been trying to understand and get through it.”
Round trip, the bus ride is expected to last about 8 hours. Students are expected to return to campus around 4 a.m. Wednesday.