Dear Wiley Family,
The College is saddened to share the news that our student, Wesley Bell-Blackman, has died from a gunshot wound he sustained while attending an unsanctioned, off-campus function. One other student was injured at the function, but the student is expected to be released from the hospital after completing treatment. No further details are available at this time. A police investigation is underway.
A loss of any kind affects each of us in different ways. Our campus chaplain, community clergy, and professional counselors will offer support and counseling services to students, faculty, and staff. The chaplain and clergy will visit residence halls over the next few days. Please check with residence assistants and managers regarding the schedule. Please call the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services at (903)927-3233 for additional information about support services.
Students, ensuring your safety is the top priority of this institution. At this time, we ask you to refrain from attending off-campus functions that are not sanctioned by the College. Please refer any media inquiries to the College’s Office of Public Relations at (903)927-3385.
The College will notify you of the date, time, and location for the memorial service for our student.
Joseph L. Morale,
Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Services