Berklee College of Music will remain closed Thursday to allow the investigation of the Boston Marathon bomb investigation to continue, the president of the school said Wednesday night.
Berklee president Roger H. Brown, in a letter to the Berklee community, said just one student at the school was injured.
"As a group, we have been extremely fortunate. To our knowledge, just one of our students has been injured, and we’ve been in touch with him. Thankfully, he assured me by voicemail that he is fine,'' Brown wrote.
The school is about four blocks from the scene of the bombing. Much of the area is a crime scene.
"The college will be closed again Thursday as law enforcement does the work necessary to bring the perpetrators to justice,'' Brown said. "We will reopen as soon as they allow us to do so. Our buildings are secure, and our director of public safety is working closely with the authorities as the investigation continues.''
The Marathon Monday explosions killed three people and injured more than 176, many of whom were grievously maimed. On Wednesday, authorities confirmed the identity of the third victim, Boston University graduate student Lingzi Lu, who was from China. Martin Richard, an 8-year-old from Dorchester and 29-year-old Krystle Campbell, a native of Medford, were also killed.
Several area college students were injured in Monday's blasts, and one Boston University graduate student was killed. Three Tufts University students, seven Emerson College students, three Northeastern University students, two Boston College students, and one Berklee College of Music student were among those injured, according to the schools.
Here is the full text of Brown's message:
Dear Members of the Berklee Community,
We are humbled by the messages of support and appreciation that have come from alumni, friends, parents, and fellow educators and musicians from around the globe. As a group, we have been extremely fortunate. To our knowledge, just one of our students has been injured, and we’ve been in touch with him. Thankfully, he assured me by voicemail that he is fine.
The college will be closed again Thursday as law enforcement does the work necessary to bring the perpetrators to justice. I want to thank you for your patience as we wait for them to complete their investigative work in a broad area that includes some of our buildings. We will reopen as soon as they allow us to do so.
Our buildings are secure, and our director of public safety is working closely with the authorities as the investigation continues. While we wait to reopen, our dormitory residents are eating well, and we have movies and recreational activities going, to help provide students some needed diversion from what has happened. There are board games, basketball, banner signing, ultimate frisbee, and sing-a-longs that sound as they can only at Berklee.
Students, if you are feeling anxious about the recent events and it is after office hours (or when the office is closed) you can call Public Safety at (617) 747-2333 and ask to speak with the on-call counselor; they will talk with you. If members of the faculty have concerns about a student, they should call that number and consult with the on-call counselor. Once the counseling office is re-opened, students can make an appointment or drop by between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
We are in the process to pulling together a musical event, an acknowledgement of those who have suffered from this tragic act and the exemplary response that our fellow Bostonians have made under difficult circumstances. You can expect to hear more about this soon.
As always, let our thoughts and prayers be with those who have suffered from this senseless act of violence. And let’s lend our music to help begin the healing that our city will need.
Roger H. Brown
President, Berklee College of Music
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