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President Miguel Martinez-Saenz
January 27, 2023

Statement on the Killing of Tyre Nichols

It is with a heavy heart that I am reaching out once again, as our nation struggles to cope with the fact that another Black man has died after an encounter with police officers.

The death of 29-year-old Tyre Nichols after a traffic stop by Memphis Police has resulted in five officers being fired and charged with second-degree murder.

Later today, video footage of this incident will be released to the public. Family and friends of Nichols, attorneys and politicians have reacted to the city's response, and understandably their reactions reflect the negative impact this has on all communities.

In the past, public reactions to these painful incidents have been unpredictable and, at times, resulted in a heightened awareness of our personal safety. I ask that you take every precaution to ensure your own emotional and physical well-being. Our Health Promotion and Wellness team (718-489-5366) and Security team (718-489-2100 or 718-489-2105) are here to assist you with any concerns.

Please join us at 4 p.m. today in a moment of silence and prayer in support of the Nichols family and all families who have experienced such a horrific loss. Some individuals who are suffering today will carry this pain for many years to come.

We at St. Francis College respect and value the dignity of human life and want to express our condolences to the Nichols family in their time of need.

If you would like to request prayer, please contact Brother Greg Cellini in the Office of Mission, Ministry & Interfaith Dialogue at [email protected].

Prayerfully and sorrowfully yours,

Miguel Martinez-Saenz
St. Francis College

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