University of Bridgeport student Moin Hassan Tuesday night became the city’s 19th homicide victim of the year during a convenience store robbery in the West End, according to police. See video from www.doingitlocal.com. Neil Salonen, University of Bridgeport president, issued this statement today.
To all UB students, faculty, and staff:
It is my sad duty to inform you that last evening one of our students, Moin Hassan, was shot during a robbery at a convenience store on Fairfield Avenue in the West End of Bridgeport. He was taken to Bridgeport Hospital and later died. Mr. Hassan, 22, was a graduate electrical engineering major from Bangladesh.
We are outraged and deeply saddened by this random act of senseless violence, and our prayers and condolences go out to Mr. Hassan’s friends and family, and to those at UB who knew him.
This tragedy occurred off campus. We want to reassure the UB community that the University considers the safety of its students and staff to be of utmost importance. Our Campus Security Office deploys patrol units throughout campus 24 hours a day, and can provide walking escorts for those who want them. Because of these and other measures UB is still rated the safest residential campus in Connecticut and has received the national Jeanne Clery Campus Safety Award.
Our Counseling Department is working with those most directly impacted by this tragedy. We urge anyone in need of support to call our Counseling Department at (203) 576-4454 or the Dean of Students Office at (203) 576-4392.
Neil Albert Salonen