Dear Members of the Yale Community,
I am writing to update you on the investigation into Saturday night’s tragic murder of Yale graduate student Kevin Jiang.
At a press conference on Monday, New Haven Police Chief Otoniel Reyes informed the public that this shooting does not appear to have been random. It appears instead that Kevin was specifically targeted in the attack. Chief Reyes further explained that based on what he knows, this attack does not represent a further danger to any part of our shared community.
NHPD are actively pursuing specific leads. The investigation is a high priority of not only for the New Haven police, but also for the State’s Attorney’s Office. This is a very active investigation, so I cannot provide details, but please be assured that law enforcement is working day and night to solve this case.
You may also have read in the news that other shootings took place this weekend. With regret, I can confirm that shootings in the city are up this year—as they have been in most cities across the country.
Over the long term, and as President Salovey and I said at the press conference on Monday, Yale and New Haven will continue their close and enduring partnership on all matters of shared public safety. In the immediate term, I want to make clear that I do not perceive an increased threat to campus.
That said, it is always a good idea—whether crime is up or down—to take precautions to keep yourself and others safe:
- Use the Yale Shuttle service and the convenient Yale Shuttle Service
Doublemap app for campus transportation.
- After 6:00 pm the Night Blue and the Night Orange lines scatter to provide “to door” drop-off after passing Prospect/Sachem and Whitney/Canner streets, respectively. Shuttle riders should notify the driver of their address for “to door” drop-off.
- Ask for a walking security escort anywhere on the campus footprint by downloading the Download the
LiveSafe App or calling 203-432-9255. Learn how the LiveSafe
SafeWalk, a peer-to-peer virtual escort tool, works.
- Try not to walk alone or be/appear distracted by wearing headphones or talking on your cell phone.
- At night, always walk with a friend and use lighted pathways to navigate throughout the University.
- Do not carry or display large amounts of money.
- If approached by someone demanding money, do not resist. Turn over the money, then call the police immediately.
- Never hesitate to contact the police if you have been a victim of a crime. Call 911 in an emergency.The Yale Police Department wishes you peace and good health: we are honored to be of service to our university and home city at this very difficult time.
Ronnell A. Higgins
Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police
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