Former president of Grambling University shocked over shooting

Former president of Grambling University shocked over shooting
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Security has been increased at Grambling State University in Louisiana after two men were shot and killed.

Dr. Willie Larkin, former president of Grambling State University, and now a local resident, said he is shocked to hear about the overnight shooting that took place during the school’s homecoming week.

Shots were heard around midnight after a fight in a courtyard between two dorms. The school is about 60 miles east of Shreveport, with about 5,000 students. A spokesman for the university says the two people who died were both 23 years old. One of the victims is a senior student.

“Any loss of life is terrible, but one of those students was a senior,” Larkin said. “You come to the university and you spend four or five years and you lose your life? It doesn’t seem right, it doesn’t seem fair.”

Larkin left his position as the president of the university last year. He hired the university’s current police chief and says the school struggles with having enough law enforcement on campus.

Campus offices are open today and students are expected to attend class as scheduled. Larkin says the small community of students and faculty is close and he’s confident they will support each other through this tragedy.

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