Police warn of businesses cashing in on Purdue's grief

Purdue students are back in class, but some are still trying to cope with this week's shooting in a classroom.
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As the Purdue campus struggles to make sense of a deadly shooting in a university lecture hall, authorities are concerned that some may be trying to make dollars and cents from Purdue's grief.

That grief is as palpable and persistent as the punishing cold weather.

"People are ready to get on with their lives and the swing of things, but it will be on the back of our minds for a while, for sure," said student Austin Pittsley.

Students tell Eyewitness News professors are being supportive, using class time for them to share thoughts, feelings and fears.

Andrew Boldt, a 21-year-old teaching assistant, was murdered during a class on Tuesday. Police say another student, 23-year-old Cody Cousins, shot and stabbed Boldt to death. Cousins is not facing a murder charge.

"We're never going to forget what happened, but we are 'Boiler Strong'," said student Grace Lachmund.

But there may be a problem with "Boiler Strong." Purdue says the university has no connection to people selling the slogan with promises of passing the profits on to the victim's family.

Police issued a warning about the merchandise.

"There may be unscrupulous people out there who may be benefiting from this tragic event and that is it," said Lt. Troy Harris, West Lafayette Police Department.

The funeral for Andrew Boldt will be held next week in Wisconsin. Purdue President Mitch Daniels will attend the service.