A message from President Lovell: Mourning a member of our campus community

Dear Marquette community,

I have painful news to share with you this afternoon. Kamrin Ray, a freshman in the College of Business Administration, passed away in his residence at Cobeen Hall last night, despite life-saving efforts by Marquette University Police Department officers who responded to the emergency call expeditiously.

Those who knew Kamrin share that he was soft-spoken, attentive and thoughtful. He was interactive and engaged in his courses. In one of his classes, Kamrin was selected to be a project leader, entrusted to represent the team.

Every one of us brings a special light to our Marquette community, and when one goes out, it is a loss for us all. We share this heartbreak with Kamrin’s family and friends whose lives are forever changed. We share the sadness of Kamrin’s instructors and classmates who feel his absence in class this week. We share the grief that Kamrin’s fellow Cobeen residents felt last night and are still feeling today.

University leaders and Mission and Ministry staff are providing support and every available resource to Kamrin’s family.

I’d also like to acknowledge the critical responses of Residence Life staff who were immediately on site to help at the first sign of a problem and MUPD officers who responded and tried everything they could to revive Kamrin. I thank them for their quick action and their attention to all those present.

This is a traumatic experience, and I encourage anyone who needs support to make use of counseling services and pastoral support that are available on campus for all faculty, staff and students. Members of the university’s Counseling Center and Campus Ministry are available to provide support services for coping with grief and loss, and the Marquette Employee Assistance Program is available for all employees and members of their households.

Please pray for Kamrin, his family and friends. Let’s check in with one another during this somber time and lean on the collective strength of our Marquette community. May God bless you and the entire Marquette community.


Dr. Michael R. Lovell
Marquette University