Breaking News: Prof stabbed, student dies at NTU (Updated with NTU press release)

Latest Update: The student involved in the stabbing of a lecturer at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has been identified as a David Widjaya, according to a report that appeared in the Lianhe Wanbao. (AsiaOne)

From the Straits Times:

AN information engineering professor at the Nanyang Technological University was rushed to hospital after he was allegedly stabbed by a final year student in his office on Monday morning. Moments later, the body of the undergraduate was found at the foot of the seven-storey School of Electrical, Electronic and Engineering building.

NTU students returning from their mid-term one-week break were shocked at the double tragedies which happened at about 10.30am on the sixth floor, where the offices of the lecturers are located. The School of EEE is next to the School of Communications.

Prof Chan Kap Luk is said to be the supervisor of the student in a project.

The body of the student is still lying on the grass verge.

Read the full report here.


Read also: Indonesian student stabs professor, found dead in Singapore by The Jakarta Post.



Press statement from the Nanyang Technological University:


University Statement :

A final year student, David Hartanto Widjaja, 21, from the electrical and electronic engineering school is believed to have stabbed Associate Professor Chan Kap Luk, 45, this morning, 2 March 2009 and to have subsequently fallen off the linkway between two blocks. The ambulance and the police were called immediately. Mr Widjaja was pronounced dead. Mr Widjaja’s parents and Prof Chan’s family members have been notified. Prof Chan is receiving medical treatment at the National University Hospital and is recovering well.

The university board of trustees, management and the NTU community, much saddened by the tragic loss, express heartfelt condolences to the family of Mr Widjaja.

President NTU, Dr Su Guaning, says, “The university is deeply shocked and saddened by what has happened. The matter will be investigated thoroughly. The university community will rally together at this difficult time and do our utmost to help the student’s family, the professor and his family, and those traumatised by the incident.”

The University’s counselling professionals have been mobilized to help and the school is assisting the police with investigations.


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