Thursday, May 7, 2009

Wesleyan feminist activist shot and killed

Yesterday, Wesleyan student Johanna Justin-Jinich was shot, by an assailant who may have been stalking her and threatening the Wesleyan Jewish community. The suspect, Stephen Morgan, has not yet been apprehended, and apparently wrote threats toward Wesleyan and its Jewish students in his personal journal; he was not a Wesleyan student, but participated in a six-week summer program at NYU with Justin-Jinich in 2007. Toward the end of the program, Justin-Jinich had filed a complaint with NYU Public Safety, saying that Morgan had been sending her harassing emails and phone calls.

Justin-Jinich had lined up a summer internship in Washington, D.C. with a women's rights organization and was a volunteer for Planned Parenthood; her passions included writing and work in public health and women's issues. This is an incredibly tragic event, and I hope that everyone is holding the Wesleyan community, and Justin-Jinich's family and friends, in their thoughts.

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