Two Prairie View A&M University students are dead following two off-campus incidents this week, and students are speaking out to defend the safety of students at the institution.
PVAMU senior Ayinde Williams was arrested and charged with the murder of fellow student Tristan Houston on Friday night, two days after Houston was reported by his family as missing. Waller County police told local media that Houston was the victim of an ‘execution style’ killing.
News of the arrest preceded a late night shooting at an off-campus party near the university, which left two students injured and 20-year-old student Chris Chappell dead.
Student leaders denounced the shooting and the impression that Prairie View is a dangerous campus.
“I want you all to know that your safety is a major concern of mine and I never want anyone to feel as if they are unsafe while pursuing their academic education here at Prairie View A&M University,” said Student Government President Jacolahn Dudley. “Although these incidents have taken place off campus, we still will be meeting with campus police to identify ways to ensure that our panthers are safe. I ask that as SpringFest week approaches you take heed to your surroundings, the individuals you surround yourselves with, and lastly the things that you choose to partake in…”