Members of the Vanderbilt Community,
It is with profound shock and sadness that I inform you of the tragic news of the death overnight of one of our faculty colleagues. Nashville police have informed the university that Assistant Professor of Anthropology Pierre Colas was shot and killed last night in his home. His sister, Marie, who was visiting him, was also shot and is in critical, but stable condition at Vanderbilt Medical Center. At this point, the police are trying to determine the details of the shooting.
Pierre was a talented young scholar who joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 2006. In his relatively brief time at Vanderbilt, he earned the respect of his colleagues and students, and his absence will be profoundly felt. He was a kind and gentle person and a devoted colleague, mentor and friend.
Members of the Vanderbilt Psychological and Counseling Center stand ready to offer their services to anyone in need of grief counseling. Please contact the center at 615.322.2571.
This blog, https://rememberingpierre.wordpress.com, has been created to provide a place for comments and sharing. Any updates about the situation and details about memorials for Pierre will be posted to the blog when they become available. Pierre’s friends, colleagues and students are welcome to share their thoughts and remembrances here.
Please keep Pierre’s family and loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.
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