UofL student trying to return home releases statement after attack kills parents

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by WHAS11

WHAS11.com

Posted on September 27, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 27 at 7:49 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The parents of a University of Louisville student, Komi Kossi, were killed in a terrorist attack at the Westgate Mall in Naiorbi, Kenya, according to UofL. 

Kossi is trying to get home to Kenya. Kossi’s father was killed shortly after terrorists stormed the mall last weekend. His mother died in the mall a few days later.

UofL spokesman Mark Hebert says Kossi is withdrawing from UofL in hopes of using his tuition refund to return home. UofL has an emergency fund of $500 and is giving that to Kossi.

Kossi, a first year graduate student, wants to return to Louisville next semester.

UofL's Department of Justice Administration is also working to help him get him back to Kenya.

“To me what this does is bring home the fact that we are becoming a shrinking globe and that things that happen on the other side of the world now has impact on individuals who are members of our own community,” Deborah Keeling, UofL Justice Administrative Chair, said.

If you would like to help Kossi, UofL asks that you call this number 852-6567; that's UofL's Department of Justice Administration

Kossi released a statement Friday saying, “I would like to thank the faculty and staff at the University of Louisville as well as the Louisville community for their generosity and support.  This is a sad time for myself and my family.  Knowing we have so many friends who are willing to help us diminishes our sorrow.  I thank you all.”
     

 

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