Sometime late Friday night or early Saturday morning an older man, who the Houston Police are saying was homeless, was shot in the head and killed at a campus bus stop outside Hofheinz Pavilion. His body was discovered by a student around 7 a.m. Saturday morning.
HPD is investigating the murder, and although they currently have no suspects in custody, they are hoping to cull useful information from some of the almost 500 security cameras across the UH campus.
"Personally, I don't think UPD would be in any place to stop a random violent attack that was (probably) over in 20 seconds," former campus resident Josh Armendariz, who graduated in 2006, says in an e-mail. "I can honestly say that I'm surprised it hadn't happened sooner (based solely on location and surrounding area), however at least the university is planning on purchasing and cleaning up a large portion of the immediate area."
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Indeed, the University of Houston has recently announced a twenty year plan to improve many facets of the school, including massive changes to the surrounding area, as well as a plan to become a Tier 1 school by 2015.
"With more than 60,000 individuals on our campus at any given time, and an area that encompasses nearly 600 acres, UH is the size of a small city. As such, we're subject to the same amount of crime and violence any community faces," says a press release issued today by Carl Carlucci, the Executive Vice President and Vice Chancellor for Administration & Finance with the university.
The identity of the murdered man is currently unknown, pending autopsy results.
-- John Seaborn Gray