Purdue students gather for funeral

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WISH) – Nearly 80 Purdue University students plus counselors and faculty boarded three buses Tuesday headed to West Bend, Wisc. for the funeral of fellow student Andrew Boldt.

Police say 23-year-old Cody Cousins shot, stabbed and killed 21-year-old Boldt during class Jan. 21 inside the Electrical Engineering building on Purdue’s campus.

Students say he was a smart, lovable, very involved student and friend who they will miss dearly.

Students, counselors and faculty all said it’s important to go to Boldt’s hometown to let his friends and family know how loved he was in West Lafayette, as well as bring some closure to his shocking murder.

“Andrew is a significant part of the Boilermaker family. So, I think it’s important for Purdue to have some representation there to show that we care,” said Jim Hintz, Interim Dean of Students.

“But, we want to show them how much of a family he had at Purdue. How much of an impact he had. How many lives he touched. How great of a guy he was on campus,” said Williams.

Students describe Boldt as brilliant, involved and positive.

Purdue junior E.J. Williams said Boldt would regularly stay up late to help other students prepare for exams.

He was a favorite teacher’s assistant among students — someone they respected.

Not only was he a shining student and a TA for four semesters, he also drove in Purdue’s Grand Prix and served on the executive board of Cary Quad.

“Very dedicated student, but also had a heart for being involved on campus in different organizations. He was able to split up his time very efficiently,” said Adam Rice, Cary Quad executive board president.

It was a long bus ride to Wisconsin. Students hoped to use the 4 1/2 hour trip to reminisce, take advantage of the counselors on hand, and bring closure to a shocking loss of life.

“It’s just kind of that final moment of goodbye,” said Andrew’s friend Dan Spall.

The Purdue group planned to stay in West Bend for the wake, which was Tuesday afternoon. After the funeral Tuesday night, the buses were heading immediately back to campus.

23-year-old Cody Cousins has pleaded not guilty to shooting Boldt to death. He’s being held in the Tippecanoe County Jail without bond.

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