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UArizona, Pennsylvania community mourn student killed in shooting at campus parking garage

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Forrest Key
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TUCSON (KVOA) - The University of Arizona has identified the victim of Saturday's fatal shooting in a campus parking garage.

In a tweet, UArizona said they were "deeply saddened over the tragic loss of one of our students, Forrest Keys".

Forrest was a sophomore majoring in communication. He was also a new member of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity, according to the university.

Officials say the shooting happened Saturday at around 11 p.m. at the Cherry Avenue Garage.

Police say Keys was walking with friends when a verbal altercation took place between him and people riding in a red Cadillac. Investigators are looking at surveillance camera footage and other evidence, the Associated Press reports.

University of Arizona and Tucson Police departments are investigating the homicide.

Shortly after the news of Forrest's passing was shared with the community, members of Forrest's hometown in Pennsylvania went on social media to mourn the passing of the UArizona sophomore.

Today, we learned of the tragic loss of Forrest Keys, a LMHS Class of 2019 Alumnus. His teachers and coaches remember...

Posted by Lmtea on Sunday, February 21, 2021

According to the posts, Forrest attended Lower Moreland High School, where he played football and basketball. He graduated from the school in 2019.

On Sunday, UArizona President Robert Robbins also shared a sentiment about the death of Forrest to university staff and students.

His message can be read in its entirety below.

Dear Students and Colleagues,

I am writing you today with great sadness to share news of the tragic loss of one of our students. 

The University of Arizona Police Department responded to a call of shots fired at the Cherry Avenue Garage around 11 p.m. last night. Upon arrival, officers found the student with gunshot wounds and immediately rendered life-saving procedures. Despite these efforts, the student succumbed to his wounds and was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

The Tucson Police Department and UAPD are jointly investigating this as a homicide. It is important that we allow them to continue to investigate and arrest those responsible. There is no indication that the campus community is in danger at this time.

I have reached out to the student's family, but there are no words to sufficiently express my sorrow for the grief caused to them and others who were close to him. Because tragedies like these can also affect the larger community, I ask that we all provide support to our colleagues, students and friends during this difficult time. 
 
Please know there are several resources available to the campus community: 

- Counseling & Psych Services (24/7 counseling is available to students at 520-621-3334)

- Dean of Students Office

- Employee Assistance Counseling

UAPD and TPD ask that anyone with information about this shooting call 88-CRIME (520-882-7463).

Sincerely,

Robert C. Robbins, M.D. 

President
The University of Arizona​​​​

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Julia Leon

Julia is a Digital Content Producer for KVOA- News 4 Tucson. In 2018, she earned a bachelor’s of arts degree in journalism from the University of Arizona.

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