President Pershing's message to the campus on the shooting on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017

To our campus community,

It is with great sadness that I must tell you that on Monday evening, ChenWei Guo, one of our international students, was killed in a senseless, random act of violence.

We have cancelled classes today in respect of ChenWei and the impact this violent event has had on our campus community. ChenWei was a pre-computer science major with a promising future and worked as a peer advisor in our International Student and Scholar Services Office.

We have been in contact with ChenWei’s family in China and they are understandably devastated by the loss of their son. We are working to bring them to Utah as soon as possible and will offer them all the assistance we can.

At this point, here is what we understand took place last night. ChenWei was parked near the gate in Red Butte Canyon when the suspect fatally shot him while attempting to hijack his vehicle.

Chief Dale Brophy and the University’s Department of Public Safety are confident that our campus is secure. I want to thank Chief Brophy and his team, the Salt Lake City Police, Unified Police, West Valley City Police, South Salt Lake Police, Cottonwood Heights Police, West Jordan Police, Utah Highway Patrol, FBI and all the other law enforcement agencies that responded last night as this tragedy unfolded and continue to work to locate this individual and take him into custody.

While classes have been cancelled today, campus services will remain open. The Counseling Center is prepared to support students with additional staffing, and Human Resources has arranged for the Employee Assistance Program to help with counseling for staff and faculty.

We will share more information online as it becomes available.

— President David W. Pershing





以下是我校对该事件掌握的信息:正当郭晨伟同学把车停于Red Butte Canyon附近的校门时,嫌疑犯试图劫持车辆,并对郭晨伟同学实施了致命的枪击。我校公共安全部门及其负责人Dale Brophy警长郑重表示,犹他大学校园是安全的。在此我对Brophy警长及其团队、盐湖城警方、 联合警察部队、 西瓦利城警方、 南盐湖城警方、卡顿高地警方、 西乔丹警方、犹他州公路巡逻队、联邦调查局以及其他执法部门对此事件做出迅速反应,对嫌疑犯进行追捕并最终实施拘留的行动表示由衷的感谢。



— President David W. Pershing