Today's Update: Monday, October 12

October 12, 2020

Dear Student Life Team, I want to join the voices from Student Life and across the university community in offering my deepest condolences and support to the family and friends of Ohio State student Chase Meola.  You may have seen that he died tragically in an off campus shooting over the weekend. You can read about the incident in yesterday’s Neighborhood Safety Notice

Chase was a fifth-year senior majoring in Marketing through Fisher College of Business. He was 23 years old and was originally from Mahwah, NJ. 

It is futile to try to make sense of senseless violence. As a society, we must strive to value human life above all else. No disagreement, no conflict, nothing is worth more than anyone’s life. Yet we continue to see families, friends and communities torn apart by the tragedy of violence and needless deaths.  

The loss of Chase is truly horrific, in a time when there is already great turmoil. We have heard a great deal lately about how homicides are on a record pace in Columbus. This simply isn’t acceptable, and we, as a community, cannot allow ourselves to think of such pointless deaths as “business as usual.” The murder of Chase makes us confront that one of those statistics is one of our students, but the issues go far deeper than what happened over the weekend. We must continue to find the voice to say, “No more!”  

This is a time to come together as a Buckeye community. We need those connections to give us strength and help each other process our reactions, feelings and emotions, and to take a stand against senseless violence. Several hundred students and university leaders were at a vigil last night on the Oval. This is another example of how we support each other in times of sorrow and loss by sharing our experiences and offering love and support. 

When we lose a member of our Buckeye community, we find comfort in the knowledge that they are missed and remembered by their Ohio State family. We never lose that thread of connectivity. We are a family, and all members of a family live in our hearts, our minds and in our spirits forever. May we all gain strength and solace from each other.   

Student Advocacy’s Kim Pachell and Dr. Micky Sharma and the Counseling and Consultation Service team have been providing support to our impacted students, and, since the incident took place in close proximity to many of our sorority and fraternity facilities, Dr. Kim Monteaux De Freitas and the Sorority and Fraternity Life team have also been highly involved. 

One of the most important things we can do is make sure everyone is aware of the resources available to them. Here is a partial list that is being widely shared:

Please continue to take care of yourself and of each other.  

Melissa