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October 11, 2005
Contact: Lynn Bretz, University Relations, (785) 864-8866.

Statement by chancellor on death of student Nicole Bingham in Friday fire

LAWRENCE -- University of Kansas Chancellor Robert E. Hemenway issued the following statement today in response to the death of KU student Nicole Bingham, 21, of Wichita. Police confirmed today that Bingham died in a fire at the Boardwalk Apartments in Lawrence on Oct. 7. Police have arrested a suspect on suspicion of three counts of first-degree murder and one count of aggravated arson.

A Wichita North High School graduate, she had attended Wichita State University and was a senior at KU majoring in history. She was an employee in the business office of the Kansas Union. She also was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority. Her 22nd birthday would have been Oct. 12.

"The entire University of Kansas community is deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of Nicole Bingham. We offer our most heartfelt condolences to her family, friends and colleagues."

Statement of David Mucci, director of the KU Memorial Unions:

"In her three years working with the Memorial Unions, Nicole proved to be a bright, capable and thoughtful individual upon whom we all relied. She won the respect and affection of all her co-workers. We mourn the loss of this special student and person."

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