3, 2003 -- Groups around the University continue to express sympathy,
support and shock in the wake of a racially motivated assault reported
by a U.Va. student early Wednesday morning.
and faculty at the School
of Law formed a Committee for Progress on Race to decry the
reported attack on Daisy Lundy, a second-year student running for
Student Council president.
gut-wrenching event is as shocking as it is eye-opening," said
Michael Signer, a second-year law student and coordinator of the
of African-American and Korean heritage, reported being attacked
in Poe Alley, just west of the Lawn, shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday
when she went to her car to get a cellular phone. She told University
Police that the assailant used a racial epithet related to the election
as he slammed her head against the cars steering wheel. She
also injured her knee and ankle in the incident.
Committee for Progress on Race collected $750 toward a reward for
information leading to the arrest and conviction of the attacker.
The University administration earlier had offered a $1,000 reward,
and Wednesday night the Walter N. Ridley Scholarship Fund added
$1,000, bringing the total among University groups to $2,750. The
Ridley fund provides scholarships for African-American students
Friday, a Washington-based policy research organization, the Council
on African American Affairs, also offered $20,000 toward the arrest
and conviction of the assailant. The reward money is being coordinated
through Crimestoppers, (434) 977-4000.
group, the Chairs and Center Directors of Arts & Sciences, on
Friday issued a statement of support and sympathy for Lundy.
assault utterly violates our sense of decency, and is an affront
to the dignity of each and every member of our community,"
the group said.
Eugene Lockhart, president of the Alumni Association Board of Managers,
also issued a statement. "It is a small comfort to know that
Ms. Lundys physical injuries were minor and I wish her a speedy
recovery. I fear that the injuries to the University community and
to our efforts to build a stronger and more inclusive climate here
will be much slower to heal."
The statements, as well as those made Wednesday by U.Va. President
John T. Casteen III and Vice President of Student Affairs Patricia
Lampkin, are posted on the Universitys "Voices of Diversity"
Web site at http://www.virginia.edu/uvadiversity/.
described her attacker as a heavy-set white male wearing light-colored
pants, a dark coat and dark hat. The assault has been classified
as a hate crime by University Police, which is being assisted by
Police spokeswoman Melissa Fielding said that typically the
FBI is alerted in cases such as this, and other police agencies
may also be of help.
city and county investigators work closely with our investigators,"
Fielding said. "If they come across any information about this
case, they are likely to forward it to us."