The slaying of a Yale athlete on a usually peaceful corner of campus has students fearing that danger lurks around the corner of every ivy-covered building.
An expert on campus violence says that might not be such a bad thing."At Yale and other schools, if they can keep the fear alive, everyone will be safer," said Jan-Mitchell Sherrill, director of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Campus Violence at Towson (Md.) State University.
Fear and outrage descended on the Ivy League campus after Christian H. Prince, 19, a sophomore from Chevy Chase, Md., was shot to death before dawn Sunday as he walked to his off-campus apartment.
Police believe the 6-foot-2-inch lacrosse player was killed during a bungled robbery attempt. His wallet, with money still in it, was found a short distance from his body. There have been no arrests.
Prince was killed just a block from the home of Yale President Benno C. Schmidt, in an area dominated by stately mansions that are part of the university.
The Gothic-revival buildings give Yale an idyllic atmosphere. But they also make it easy to forget that the prestigious university is in the middle of a crime-filled city.
Although Prince was the first campus murder victim in 16 years, many of Yale's 11,000 students are victims of less serious crimes. Campus police say dozens of students and faculty members were robbed on or around campus last year.
Yale has beefed up campus security since 1988, after a student was raped in her dormitory room and another student was beaten near the administration building. Negligence lawsuits were filed against the university in both cases.