July 16, 2002

Contact: Lynn Bretz, University Relations, (785) 864-8866.

Statement Re: Arrests Monday in Golfito in the murder of KU student Shannon Martin

Lynn Bretz, director of University Relations at the University of Kansas, made the following statement in regard to the Monday arrest of two men in Golfito, Costa Rica, in connection with the murder of Shannon Martin, who was killed days before her graduation from KU:

"We are gratified by the arrests made Monday in Golfito and hope they will result in charges and convictions in the tragic murder in May 2001 of KU student Shannon Martin.

"The university and Shannon's friends and family have waited a long time for these arrests to occur. We thank the Costa Rican government and law enforcement authorities for their persistent and vigilant pursuit of justice in this senseless killing."

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