TC3 holding community gathering and candlelight vigil on Wednesday

Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3) is holding “a gathering of community support” this Wednesday afternoon in the wake of events this past weekend, including the death of a TC3 student and a fatal stabbing at Cornell.

tc3-event-1608Organizers cite the death this weekend of Nathan Vogen, a TC3 student who “passed away unexpectedly Saturday,” according to a message from President Carl Haynes; Adam Heck, a longtime coach at Lansing High School who passed away while with a team in Albany; and Ithaca College sophomore Anthony Nazaire, who died from his stab wounds after an incident on the Cornell campus early Sunday morning. They say these deaths have had “an intense effect on many members of our campus community.”

“These deaths are heartbreaking,” President Haynes said in a statement on Monday. “The losses we have suffered are shared not just by the many people that knew Nathan, Adam, and Anthony, but also by every member of our campus and broader communities.”

The announcement for the gathering says “we will provide an opportunity for everyone to come together and share their thoughts and feelings with fellow members of the College community.”

The Gathering of Community Support is from 12:15-12:45pm on Wednesday, August 31 in the Cafeteria on the TC3 campus in Dryden, and is open to all students, faculty, and staff at the college.

Update: A gathering to remember Anthony Nazaire has been added, beginning at 6pm on Wednesday, in the grassy area near the outside entrance to the Cafeteria and Student Center at TC3. The vigil, candle lighting, and balloon release is being organized by a TC3 student, Yasmeen Holmes, who was a childhood friend of Anthony’s. All are welcome.

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