By Justin Smith
On Friday, November 25, the same day Victoria Brooks and her mother were found dead in their house with gunshot wounds from an apparent homicide, Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Mangione sent out the e-mail which sent the Canisius community into mourning.
“The Canisius College community is profoundly saddened by the deaths of freshman student Victoria Brooks and her mother, Christie Brooks,” wrote Mangione. “We extend our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to their surviving family members and friends.”
The next day, ALANA Center Director Norris Sababu sent out an e-mail which attempted to provide comfort to students and faculty.
“Words fail us at times like this,” wrote Norris. “Our hearts go out to the family.”
Norris expressed that he had reached out to Brooks’ grandmother and stated that other members of the College had also reached out to the family.
By Sunday, Canisius was opening its Counseling Center at night to welcome those in need of support. The ALANA Center and Campus Ministry were also open for those in need of support and services remain available to students as the semester approaches an end.
On Monday, November 28, Campus Ministry lead a 5 p.m. Candlelight Vigil in Christ the King Chapel.
There will be a wake for Brooks and her mother, Christie, on Monday, December 5 from 2:00-7:00p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church. There will be a funeral on Tuesday, December 6 at 11:00a.m., also at Antioch Baptist Church. Students who confirmed attendance by yesterday will have transportation to the wake and funeral provided to them by Campus Ministry.