Thomas Meixner identified as professor killed in UA shooting

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The professor killed in the shooting Wednesday at the University of Arizona has been identified as Dr. Thomas Meixner, professor and head of the Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences.

UA President Robert C. Robbins in a statement called Meixner “a beloved member” of the university community and asked that the privacy of Meixner’s family be respected.

“This incident is a deep shock to our community, and it is a tragedy. I have no words that can undo it, but I grieve with you for the loss, and I am pained especially for Tom’s family members, colleagues and students,” Robbins wrote. “I encourage you to have compassion for one another and to care for yourselves and those around you during this difficult time.”

At a news conference early Wednesday evening, UA campus police Chief Paula Balafas said Meixner, not identified at the time, was pronounced dead after arriving at Banner University Medical System.

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