Date: October 3, 2006
All U.Va. Students
Patricia M. Lampkin, Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer
Elizabeth M. Hafter
It is with great sadness that I confirm the death of Elizabeth M. Hafter, a 2006 graduate of the University with degrees in drama and history. This semester, she had begun working toward a master’s of teaching degree in the Curry School of Education. She was from Columbia, South Carolina. Our deepest sympathy goes out to her family and friends.
Ms. Hafter was reported missing over the weekend, and was found Sunday on a section of the Blue Ridge Parkway where she had died. Authorities have ruled her death a homicide. The man suspected of the crime subsequently left the area and was killed last night by authorities following a high-speed chase in Florida.
In light of this tragedy, counselors from Counseling and Psychological Services will be available to any student seeking services and support, especially those who were friends and associates of Ms. Hafter. Students may make an appointment or come by CAPS during walk-in hours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A clinician also is on call after hours. The number is 434-243-5150.
This tragic, senseless loss reminds us once again of how vulnerable our community can be to random violence. As you prepare to go on fall break, remember to take a minute to think about your personal safety. Be sure to let others know where you will be. As always, do not hesitate to call the police at 911 if you notice suspicious persons or activities.