January 24, 2014
University requests avoiding purchases in response to tragedy; family preferences to be determined
Tuesday's tragic campus event has resulted in many in the Boilermaker community asking how they can best express their support. Among the many suggestions received have been apparel and other wearable items. Out of respect for the family of Andrew F. Boldt, Purdue asks that individuals and groups not pursue the purchase or promotion of these types of items at this time.
There may be an opportunity at some later time to support an official item and/or memorial fund that will support those who were affected by this tragedy. For now, what Boilermakers need most is a shoulder or a helping hand.
There also have been a number of unauthorized products presented in the marketplace under the "Boiler Strong" message, and these products are not related to any formal fund-raising/memorial campaigns. People are being asked to avoid purchase of such items. The University will seek to present a means for expression when appropriate and once the Boldt family has been consulted about its wishes.