Remembrances planned for student killed in robbery

23-year-old Rauf was killed in an attempted robbery the evening of Friday, Dec. 5. Mutahir Rauf//Facebook

Plans to honor the life of 23-year-old Mutahir Rauf, the Loyola student killed in a robbery Friday evening, are underway.

In an university-wide email sent Saturday morning, Loyola’s Vice President of Student Development, Jane Neufeld, condemned Rauf’s killing as a “senseless act of violence … that has absolutely no place in a civil society.”

This was the first email sent by university officials containing the name of the student killed.

Neufeld also outlined the remembrance plans schedule for the upcoming days, which include a moment of silence at the university’s annual Lessons and Carols event at Madonna della Strada chapel Saturday evening and a “walk of remembrance” after the 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass at the chapel.

Here is the email sent to the Loyola community.

Loyola Community,

We are shocked and saddened by the tragic and senseless event that took the life of one of our students on Friday evening. Our entire community mourns the loss of Mutahir Rauf, a fellow Loyolan, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this devastating time. This was a senseless act of violence, and one that has absolutely no place in a civil society.

At present, our foremost concerns are the family and friends of Mutahir and the safety of our Loyola and greater community. We welcome students, faculty, and staff to use the resources available to them to work through the suffering this tragedy has created. Over the weekend, our Wellness Center and Campus Ministry staff will continue to be available to Loyolans in need of their services. Specifically, Campus Ministry will hold special Sunday hours from 1:30-4 p.m., in room 217 of the Damen Student Center, for anyone wanting to talk about the recent violence near campus and around the world.

In the coming hours and days, we will join together as a University to honor the life of Mutahir Rauf and to start the healing process. Plans include:

  • A moment of silence will be held this evening at the University’s Lessons and Carols event in Madonna della Strada Chapel
  • We will pray for Mutahir and his family during the Prayers for the Faithful at Sunday’s 10:30 a.m. Mass in Madonna della Strada Chapel
  • While today’s Polar Palooza event will take place and offer the community a gathering spot for solidarity and hope, Sunday’s Polar Palooza plans have been cancelled; in its place, all Loyolans and neighbors are invited to join our students in a Walk of Remembrance, which will follow the 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass
  • We invite everyone to join us on Wednesday, December 10, at 3 p.m. in the Mundelein Center Auditorium, as we gather as a community to pray for nonviolence

Any future memorial service will be planned at the discretion of Mutahir’s family, who are making their way to campus now from overseas.

Currently, there are no suspects in custody. We continue to encourage the local community to come forward with any information that might lead to an arrest in this case. If you know anything about the incident, please contact the Chicago Police Department immediately via 9-1-1.


Jane Neufeld
Vice President for Student Development

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