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This blog was created by Vanderbilt University to provide a place for the family, friends, colleagues and students to share their thoughts and remembrances of Assistant Professor of Anthropology Pierre “Robbie” Colas, who was killed Aug. 26, 2008.

Please contact the Vanderbilt News Service at (615) 322-2706 or with any questions about this blog.



  1. This is a sad story and my prayers are with his sister and the rest of the family.

  2. Iwant to join the grieve of this terrible tragedy and i pray for Marie,that she can recover from this terrible misfortune and I wish the father Hans Peter lots of help from heaven and earth.I am an old neighber from the time were the Colas Family lived in Mexico next door to me.

  3. I am profoundly saddened to hear about the death of Pierre Colas. It was a great priviledge for those of us in Dr. Fowler’s MLAS class this summer to have had Pierre as a teacher one night while Dr. Fowler was in Mexico. His intelligence and command were palpable. Pierre went out of his way to show up the last night of class and celebrate the semester’s successful conclusion with us. He had so much great work ahead of him …

  4. I was a shocking news for all of us here in Belize when we heard what has happened to Pierre Cola. Pierre colas was hosted by my sister here in Belize, in a small Yucatecan Village called San Antonio. We have known Pierre colas personly, and we can remember how he used to talk the Yucatecan mayan Dialect with all the villagers. He was such a friedly person with everyone, and all the people here in San Antonio knew him. He lived here for more than one year.

    It was so sad that his life ended so tragically when he had a great future ahead of him.

  5. My entire family is sad about what happened with Pierre. He was a well known person here in the village of San Antonio. Pierre lived at my house for more than a year, he was a friendly. caring and respectful person.I’m sure that many people of San Antonio will miss him.
    Our deepest condolences to all relatives of Pierre, especially to Katia and his father. God is the one who Strengthens us in the hard times.

    The Tzib family.

    • Roberta Lazzarini
    • Posted September 27, 2008 at 4:18 pm
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    I am Roberta from Venice. Me, Clara and Armando we have received today the notice but we had not understood well. This afternoon I have looked for in internet and I have understood the tragedy. We are shocked.
    Clara has told me that from tonigth 3 stars shine near, very near. I belive that it is right.

    • Roberta Lazzarini
    • Posted September 27, 2008 at 4:22 pm
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    ciao Robert e Marie

  6. Our hearts are with those gathering in Hamburg this week. To all that knew Marie and Pierre, please reach out to others and share our love, loss and the hope that they both brought to the world.

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