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Bradley mourns the passing of freshman student

Bradley University freshman biomedical science (pre-med) major Nasjay Murry was identified as one of two victims fatally shot at an off-campus location early Sunday morning.

At 2:29 a.m. yesterday, the Bradley University Police Department emailed a safety alert to campus community members stating, “At approximately  1:44 a.m., Bradley University Police and City of Peoria Police responded to a report of a shooting off campus in the 1800 block of W. Bradley Avenue, near of the intersection of N. Western Avenue.” No suspect information has been made available yet.

The Office of the President announced Murry’s passing to campus members through an email sent out at 11:41 a.m. yesterday.

The email stated, “Bradley University has suffered a tragic loss. A shooting overnight has claimed two lives, one of which is a student of ours. Nasjay Murry, a freshman Biomedical Science (Pre-Med) major from Chicago, died overnight at an off-campus residence located in the 1800 block of Bradley Ave (at the intersection of Bradley Ave and Western Ave).”

The email also stated that a second victim had died at the residence but was not known to have an affiliation with Bradley. Additionally, another student was reported to be injured during the incident, and she has since been treated and released from an area hospital.

University President Gary Roberts also said in the email that campus flags will fly at half-staff for three days in Murry’s honor.

“All of us in the Bradley family are deeply affected and are grieving at this senseless tragedy,” Roberts said. “I would like to extend our condolences and deepest sympathy to Nasjay’s family and friends.”

Extended counseling hours were made available to students on Sunday. The Counseling Center will continue to provide additional hours throughout the week, according to an email sent out today by Vice President of Student Affairs Nathan Thomas.

“In order to serve our community, this week we will be offering walk-in counseling hours for students, faculty and staff from 10 a.m.-1 a.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m. in the Garrett Center (second floor),” the email said. “Our counseling staff will continue to maintain their regular schedules in their Markin Center offices. The Counseling Center can also be reached at 309-677-2700.”

This story will be updated.

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