Student dies after off-campus assault

July 19, 2010 | News, UToday
By Staff

A University of Toledo student was assaulted Sunday evening near the corner of Bancroft Street and Westwood Avenue and later died from injuries suffered in the attack.

Casey Bucher, 22, a sophomore majoring in exercise science at the University, was stabbed just after 8 p.m. in the 2600 block of Bancroft. He was transported to Toledo Hospital where he later died.

“The University community is heartbroken by the news that this happened to one of our students,” said Dr. Kaye Patten Wallace, vice president for student affairs. “We are offering counseling services for members of our community who would like to talk.”

The UT Counseling Center can be reached at 419.530.2426.

Patten Wallace said she has been in contact with Bucher’s family and that future UT efforts would be in accordance with their wishes. UT will communicate information about memorial services when it is available, she said.

The Toledo Police Department has arrested and charged Lawrence Fitzgerald James, 24, with the crime.

UT Police Chief Jeff Newton said random acts of violence, though rare, do occur.

“These types of tragedies are always senseless,” Newton said, adding that UT partners closely with Toledo police to minimize and prevent crime on and around the University’s campuses.

“The safety of our students is the University’s top priority,” he said. “We work closely with the UT Division of Student Affairs, UT student organizations and neighborhood organizations to make our community safe.”

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