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UT officials say campus is safe after fatal stabbing

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A fight between two roommates on Wednesday night turned deadly at the University of Toledo. Twenty-year-old Josiah Galat is dead  and 19-year-old Erick Littleton suffered stab wounds.

UT officials say two men were sharing a room at the International House, which is the only residence hall open during the current holiday break, when an altercation occurred. The incident happened in a stairwell. Campus police believe the altercation happened only between the two men and that no one else was involved.

Official say it's believed the two students had a friendly relationship prior to the incident.

Every has been allowed back into the residence hall and things have returned to normal. University counselors were on scene to speak with those impacted by the incident and are available to speak with any member of the UT community.

"This is an incredibly unfortunate incident and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the individuals involved," said Lawrence J. Burns, vice president for external affairs. "The University of Toledo campus is safe. This appears to be an isolated incident between two students that escalated and resulted in a tragic outcome."

Students, staff and faculty were alerted to the incident via text message and email.  The incident has raised the question about safety on campus.  13abc got a small sampling of student opinions to see if this has students worried. 

"It kinda does to be honest.  You don't really wanna walk outside at night if that kinda think is happening.  Maybe you need to have more people watching," said Chris Dipofi, a UT student.    

"No, UT is perfectly safe, as far as I'm concerned.  I've never had any problems," said another UT student who did not want to be identified.    

While no one is happy about the incident, everyone we talked with is glad police say it was an isolated incident and that a suspect is not on the loose.  The unfortunate reality is that this kind of thing can even happen on a college campus. 

"Of course but that kind of stuff happens anywhere, in many ways," Matthew Krull, a professor in the American Language Institute. 

At this point no one has been charged in connection with the incident. 

 

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