KSU student killed, wrong place at wrong time

KSU student killed, wrong place at wrong time
Dozens of students gather for a vigil remembering a KSU student shot to death. (Source: WOIO)

KENT, OH (WOIO) - Students at Kent State University are questioning why they didn't receive an official communication from the school about a student murdered off campus until about eight hours after the crime.

"Since it happened so close to campus, and basically the city of Kent is the campus itself, they should have told us because a lot of people who go here live off campus," said freshman Alonzo Berry. "A lot of people are away from home, away from their parents, and it's kind of scary to hear about especially close by, so I think students should have known about it a lot more and Kent [State University] should have been more communicative."

Kent a State freshman Nick Massa, 18, was killed while visiting a friend at an off campus apartment Sunday afternoon. The investigation is still ongoing, but police said at this point it's definitely a "good possibility" that Massa was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Kent State University told Cleveland 19 Tuesday that they did tweet from an official account about the incident two hours after it happened. They then sent a follow up email as a courtesy later in the day. They pointed to the Clery Act, as giving guidelines about when it is appropriate to send out alerts regarding safety.

Cleveland 19 looked up the Clery Act which states that universities need to "immediately notify the campus community upon confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or staff."

Kent State University said they had no reason to believe that there was an immediate threat to student safety on Sunday, or since then.

"We didn't believe that there was a physical threat to anyone otherwise we would have taken those measures to make people aware just like we don't believe that there's a threat now," said Lt. Mike Lewis from the Kent Police Department. "We don't have any reason to believe the students of Kent State University are in any danger or that there's any other threat out there to anyone be it the students, the university itself, or anyone in the apartment complex."

Students Cleveland 19 spoke to on Tuesday said they didn't feel less safe on campus.

"I don't feel less safe, I think this could happen on any college campus. It's more of a reality check that this could happen any time, anywhere," said Roberts.

A 17-year-old arrested has been arrested and charged in the death of Massa, the Westlake native. The judge has asked the media to refer to the suspect as "TK."

TK appeared in Portage County Juvenile Justice Center. He's been charged with aggravated murder. Prosecutors have filed a motion to try him as an adult.

Lt. Lewis said the police department is looking to talk with two persons of interest in the case. He wouldn't call them suspects and said at this point the investigation is ongoing and the department it's trying to gather all the facts.

Massa was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. The brothers there have set up a GoFundMe account for Massa's family. In less than 24 hours, the fund has topped more than $10,000.

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