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Shooting on south side shocks community

Western Tech student shot, ruled homicide


Published: Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 12:03


Officers block of the part of Division where crime occured.

Student, Sara Hougom was shot and later died at Mayo Clinic in La Crosse after a shooting at a home on Division Street Monday March 26 around 4 p.m.

Hougom was a 2009 graduate of West Salem high school and was currently attending Western Technical College in La Crosse part-time. Hougom had friends all around the area including UW-La Crosse, VIterbo University, and WTC.

According to the La Crosse Tribune the death was ruled a homicide Tuesday March 27 after extensive investigation headed by the La Crosse police and 16 agents from the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation.

UW-L police do not believe there to be any extra danger in the area of campus or the nearly surrounding areas and remain in constant contact with the La Crosse police to notify students, faculty and staff of any safety changes.

Students appear to have similar reactions, Junior at UW-L Teresa Turner remains shocked, “I’m mostly just shocked that someone was shot only a few blocks away from me. It makes me want to carry defense with me when I go out alone. It also makes me nervous that they don’t have anyone in custody.”

Other students simply give condolences and hope to learn from it, “It’s extremely disheartening to hear of something so tragic happening to someone so young. While I have always felt extremely safe on campus and in the community, this incident makes you second guess those feelings a bit. However, in the hands of the University Police, the La Crosse Police, and the UW-L administration, I know that our campus will remain a safe place for students to learn and grow. My heart goes out to all those affected by this. Things like this really make you realize that life is so short, and it always reminds me to live each day as if it were my last,” said Senior at UW-L Hannah Henderson.

The article located on the Tribune website is filled with comments of concern of the future of the city of La Crosse and many wonder whether it’s a safe city still. UW-L Junior Dave Dull isn’t concern, “I drive around at night without fear of being carjacked and I walk around at night without fear of being mugged. Severely bad things happen but they exist as anomalies for the most part. So no. I still believe it’s a safe city.”


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