The morning of February 15th, the body of 22 year-old Billy McCaw was found lifeless in the backyard of a residence in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The area is considered to be the off-campus housing for Rutgers University’s New Brunswick campus and is almost fully occupied with students. Billy was beaten to death, and the details of his murder have yet to be uncovered.
Billy was a former Rutgers student who had recently transferred to Kean University. He commuted to his new school from his New Brunswick residence where he continued to live with Rutgers friends. Kean sent out an email to its students expressing its condolences, offering information about counseling services, and urging anybody with details on the murder to come forward. The Rutgers administration has done no such thing. There have been no emails, no outreach, and no notification that the crime even took place.
We as a student body feel that Rutgers University has overlooked this horrific event for too long. We feel both unsafe in our campus community and disrespected that our administration has ignored our grief and cries for help.
There have been multiple student-organized events in Billy’s honor, including a candlelight vigil with over 300 attendants and a Rutgers basketball game with a moment of silence to remember his love for the school and its athletics. Students have also organized a fundraiser to support Billy’s family in their time of need, which has so far raised over $26,000. We do not understand why our university has ignored what is clearly so important to its students.
Rutgers- it is never too late to do the right thing. Let your students teach the university this time. Billy McCaw left a lasting impression on our community. Acknowledge it, express sympathy, and inspire confidence that safety concerns are important for every human being in your community.
A video of the candlelight vigil held on February 19th:
For anyone who wants accurate information on the situation and what has been done in response: