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Former teachers remember Purdue shooting victim

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A former teacher describes Andrew Boldt as a "very capable student and an even better person."

Boldt was fatally wounded in a shooting at Purdue University Tuesday afternoon. Police have arrested 23-year-old Cody Cousins on a preliminary charge of murder.

Purdue Police Chief John Cox says Boldt was a teaching assistant at the university.
 
Boldt's LinkedIn profile says he spent two summers interning for John Deere in Silvis, Ill., and planned to graduate in May. He was also an Eagle Scout.
 
Retired Latin teacher James Greenwald of Milwaukee's Marquette University High School says his former student was bright and always willing to help others with technology issues.

"This news is unimaginable," said Marquette University H.S. Principal Jeff Monday. "Our hearts, our prayers pour out to the Boldt family. A faith-filled family, a family that relies on their faith and are sure to get through these terribly difficult times."

Boldt's high school calculus teacher remembers him as a brilliant mathematician who was a role model to his classmates.
 
Jean Morrell says Boldt was a high-level thinker who was so impassioned about his work that he often stayed after class to talk about math and robotics.
 
She says he was a "phenomenal young man" with a great mind and an equally great heart. She says she's sad he won't get an opportunity to make his contribution to the world.

"Saint Frances Cabrini Parish community, along with all of West Bend, the community of Marquette High School, and friends of the Boldt family, are deeply saddened by the tragic news of Andrew's death," Father Nathan Reesman, pastor of Saint Frances Cabrini Parish where the family attended church, said in a statement.

The Rev. Warren Sazama of Marquette University High School says Boldt's family was having trouble comprehending his slaying Tuesday. He says Boldt's mother told him a person doesn't just wake up in the morning expecting her son to be the victim of a one-in-a-million tragic shooting.
 
Sazama says Boldt's mother was especially concerned about whether her youngest son, a senior at the same high school, could cope. Sazama says the Jesuit school will offer whatever prayerful support it can.
 
Sazama remembers Boldt as likable, kindhearted and a gifted student.

(The Associated Press at WTMJ-TV contributed to this story.)

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