Accident – Death – Obituary News : LAS VEGAS — The tragic shooting incident that occurred at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) on Wednesday has claimed the lives of four faculty members. The victims have been identified as Patricia Navarro Velez and Cha Jan “Jerry” Chang, both esteemed professors at the university’s Lee Business School. The other two victims’ identities have not been released pending notification of their next of kin.
Yesterday, UNLV President Keith E. Whitfield expressed the profound sorrow and shock felt by the entire university community. “Yesterday was the most difficult day in the history of our university. Words are still hard to come by as we’re only beginning to process the grief, loss, anger, and fear associated with Wednesday’s tragic campus shooting that took the lives of three of our cherished faculty members. Another faculty member remains hospitalized,” said Whitfield in a heartfelt statement.
The Clark County coroner’s office confirmed that both Chang, 64, and Navarro-Velez, 39, were professors at UNLV. Chang, a Ph.D. holder in management information systems, had been teaching at the university since 2001. Navarro-Velez, an accounting professor with a Ph.D. in accounting, specialized in cybersecurity disclosure and data analytics. Their significant contributions to their respective fields and the academic community will be deeply missed.
As the university mourns this devastating loss, President Whitfield is working closely with the senior leadership team and the Nevada System of Higher Education to determine the future course of action for the academic calendar this semester, including finals and commencement. An update is expected to be provided on Friday.
In the wake of this tragedy, the entire UNLV community has come together to support one another. The university has received an outpouring of sympathy and condolences from across the nation. The impact of this incident has reverberated not only within the campus but also throughout the wider academic community.
The shooting incident has once again highlighted the urgent need for enhanced campus safety measures and stricter gun control regulations. It serves as a reminder of the importance of fostering a safe and secure learning environment where faculty, staff, and students can thrive without fear.
As investigations into the motive and circumstances of the shooting continue, the UNLV community remains united in grief, resilience, and determination to honor the memories of the fallen faculty members. Support services and counseling are being provided to students, faculty, and staff affected by this tragic event.
The University of Nevada Las Vegas shooting has shaken the academic world, leaving a void that will be difficult to fill. The loss of these exceptional faculty members is a profound tragedy, and their contributions to the university will be remembered and celebrated for years to come..