More Details Coming Out on FSU Stabbing Death
Thursday, June 15 2006 @ 03:06 PM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Relatives of Williams could not be reached for comment.
According to Murphy, the students, who had class together, were finishing up their summer programs with more than 50 other students.
The International Programs office will send counselors, interpreters and others to FSU-Panama to help students in the aftermath of the tragedy, Pitts said. Classes at the FSU-Panama campus were canceled but are expected to resume today.
Florida State is sending Sally Karioth, a professor of nursing and noted grief therapist, to the Panama Canal Zone campus to counsel students and faculty.
"The university recognizes that when something this traumatic happens it is important to have someone to whom the faculty and students can talk about their feelings," Karioth said. "This can be a profound event. And it helps to let people talk about what they saw, to process what they're feeling and recognize they're not alone in their responses."
"We are deeply saddened to hear about this tragedy, and our hearts go out to the families of the students involved," said Jim Pitts, director of international programs. "We are doing everything we can to assist the authorities in this matter as well as provide counseling and other services to the students at the FSU-Panama campus. The safety and well-being of our students studying abroad is our No. 1 priority."