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Regis College Statement on ArrestSeptember 30, 2010
Weston, MA – Middlesex County District Attorney Gerard Leone has announced the arrest of Robenson Daniel, 20, of Boston, and charged him with murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (2 counts), assault with a dangerous weapon, and armed assault with the intent to murder in the stabbing death of Elhadji Malick Ndiaye, 18, of Waltham, in a parking lot on the Regis College campus. Daniel was arraigned in Waltham District Court this morning. Neither the victim nor the accused were Regis students. Another man wounded in the incident is also not a Regis student.
Regis College is appreciative of the expeditious action of the district attorney’s office, the Regis College Campus Police, State Police and Weston Police in investigating the case and identifying the alleged perpetrator. Campus surveillance video, installed as a precaution two years ago, helped to facilitate the identification. College administrators have been meeting with students, faculty, staff and others to address the impact of this unprecedented incident on the college community. Security, which has always been strong, has been amplified and access to the campus is being closely monitored.
The police investigation is continuing, and the College is cooperating with authorities.
Throughout this week Regis College administration, faculty and staff have worked diligently to return this campus to normalcy. Classes resumed and planned activities, including the traditional Founders’ Day, Graduate Program Reception, and Homecoming (September 28-October 2) have gone forward. Administrators and faculty are highly present and summoning students to a new realization of their responsibility as members of the community and calling for more care regarding students’ social interactions and guests they allow on campus.
Regis College staff and professional counselors also continue to offer trauma counseling and pastoral counseling and to respond to students and parents expressing concern. Regis has received and is very grateful for messages of support coming from the presidents and senior administrators at numerous area colleges. Parents and alumnae are sending in messages of support and appreciation.
Additional security this past week has focused on easing fears and helping the campus community feel safe. On the longer term, the College is conducting a comprehensive “threat and vulnerability assessment” and will take further steps to modify its safety practices and procedures if they need to be modified.