We grieve for Hussain

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Flowers and notes were left on Main Street today in memory of Hussain Saeed Alnahdi.

This is a painful time on campus for everyone. My heart aches for Hussain Saeed Alnahdi’s family, which received the awful information Monday afternoon that their son had been fatally injured in downtown Menomonie early Sunday.

My heart also aches for the friends, faculty and staff whose lives Hussain had touched since coming to UW-Stout in 2015. And my heart aches for the dedicated and compassionate staff at UW-Stout whose responsibility it is to respond to this type of tragedy.

It is a normal reaction in a time like this to look for reasons for this tragedy. I certainly have many questions and concerns that I wish we had answers to about what led to Hussain’s assault. But I, along with everyone else who grieves for Hussain, have to wait for the outcome of the Menomonie Police Department investigation into this horrific incident.

It is vitally important that no one jumps to any conclusions about what may have precipitated this attack before the facts are known.

My priorities right now are twofold: to do everything I can to support the family, friends and others who knew Hussain and have lost a loved one and to ensure that the full resources of UW-Stout are engaged to help Menomonie police bring Hussain’s assailant to justice.

If you or anyone you know has any shred of information about what happened shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday in front of Topper’s Pizza, please call Menomonie police investigator Kelly Pollock at 715-231-8511. Anonymous information can be submitted at 855-847-3866 or at Crime Stoppers. You also can text “TIPDUNN” followed by your message to 274637 (CRIMES).

We will do our best to keep the UW-Stout campus community updated about developments through emails, this blog, our Facebook page and Twitter feed.

The reaction of the UW-Stout community to this tragedy has shown, once again, why this place is so special to me. 

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