UofL student’s parents died from illness, not terrorism

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by Maggie Ruper

WHAS11.com

Posted on September 30, 2013 at 11:41 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 30 at 11:41 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)-- University of Louisville officials have released a statement recognizing a misunderstanding that led to $2,500 in donations meant to send a student back home to Kenya in the wake of his parent’s deaths.

Following the recent terrorist attacks on a Kenyan mall, initial reports stated that Komi Kossi’s parents were killed during the attacks.

Staff members met with Kossi late last week, who was unaware of the claims until the weekend, and were told that his parent’s recent deaths were the result of illness, not terrorism, according to a statement sent to WHAS11 by UofL spokesperson, Mark Hebert.

Hebert said the $2,500 collected in checks from various faculty members of faculty, staff and community members are appreciated, but are being returned, due to the misunderstanding.

“We regret the misunderstanding but appreciate the outpouring of support from members of the Louisville community willing to contribute to the well-being of a stranger,” Hebert said.  “We are certainly lucky to live in such a supportive community.”
 

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