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UA President Robert Robbins during a press conference on March 27, 2023 explaining the release of an independent review of the October 2022 shooting on campus.

The University of Arizona Faculty Senate said they had "no confidence" in President Robert Robbins and his administration, approving a motion Monday criticizing the university's leadership for a lack of due diligence to ensure the safety of slain Professor Thomas Meixner. Read more»

Holding a red folder, UA President Robert C. Robbins presented the PAX Group report during a press conference Monday afternoon.

The University of Arizona had a series of systemic failures, including "missed opportunities and mistakes" that ultimately led to the October fatal shooting of Prof. Thomas Meixner, said UA President Robert C. Robbins. The Meixner family is preparing to sue for $9 million. Read more»

A view of the Tucson City Hall in 2022.

The IDEA beat in 2022 reported on Southern Arizona, Pima County and Tucson during a time of shocking violence in the community, the end to COVID-19 measures and funding and an important midterm election. Read more»

Mourners gather at St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church to pay their final respects to UA Prof. Thomas Meixner, who was shot and killed last Wednesday.

Friends and family of Thomas Meixner, the UA hydrology professor shot and killed last week, paid their last respects at his funeral on Friday. He was described as "compassionate" and "loving" during a service at St. Cyril Catholic Church. Read more»

An ofrenda set up this week in UA Prof. Christopher Castro's home by his wife.

The man accused of killing UA Prof. Thomas Meixner repeatedly threatened faculty members, with another professor reporting the "dangerous" pattern to university officials and police multiple times over many months. "I knew he was going to try to kill me," he said. Read more»

A funeral for University of Arizona Prof. Thomas Meixner will be held on Friday morning. The head of the Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences Department was shot and killed on campus last week by a former student, police said. Read more»

Flowers form an informal memorial to Meixner on Thursday, outside the campus building in which he was shot and killed.

The University of Arizona and Tucson community are mourning the death of Prof. Thomas Meixner, who worked to educate the next generation of water researchers and make our world's most precious resource safer for all. A candlelight vigil is set for Friday night. Read more»

Murad Dervish

The man arrested in the shooting death of UA Prof. Thomas Meixner faces a first degree murder charge, and made his first court appearance late Thursday night. Murad Dervish, a former student, was arrested just hours after the fatal incident Wednesday. Read more»

UA Prof. Thomas Meixner

University of Arizona Prof. Thomas Meixner was shot and killed Wednesday by a former student, officials said. Three hours later, the suspect — who was evicted last week — was arrested outside Gila Bend, about 120 miles away. Read more»