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Threatening Messages

11/10/2009  5:15 pm

University of Illinois Police are asking for your help in identifying the people who wrote threatening messages in a campus building earlier this month. It appears two or more individuals wrote a series of messages to each other on a male bathroom stall in Everitt Lab. (map) The messages included anti-Asian and anti-Caucasian language. One of the messages in the exchange states that the writer plans to kill Asians in Everitt Lab on Nov. 16, leading to a response from another individual that he or she would be there to shoot the Caucasian individual. We have been aggressively investigating this case, including conferring with the Federal Bureau of Investigations, in attempts to assess the credibility of the threat. Although this may stand as only a disturbing and anonymous exchange between individuals, we are compelled to inform the campus community. If, through investigative efforts, the credibility of the threat is believed to have increased, we will share that information as well. Such vandalism and acts of intolerance are violations of the Student Code and the Illinois Criminal Code and could lead to punishment under the students discipline system, as well as potential criminal charges. If you have any information about the authors of these messages, please contact UIPD at 217/333-1216. To anonymously share information, you may call Champaign County Crimestoppers at 373-TIPS or online at: http://www.champaigncountycrimestoppers.com