GALESBURG — A Hamblin Hall resident was “removed from campus” Tuesday evening in an ongoing investigation of a sexual assault reported early Sunday morning, according to an email update from Director of Campus Safety John Schlaf.
Early Sunday morning, a male subject known to the female victim as a Knox student gained entry to the Hamblin Hall apartment through unlocked apartment and room doors. A suspect initially identified by the victim was released by police Sunday.
Schlaf told The Knox Student Wednesday that the student removed from campus is not necessarily in police custody and is free to move around Galesburg. However, this person is currently not allowed on campus.
“In investigations of this nature, it has been found to be practical to move a person of interest off campus so the investigation can continue without interference,” Schlaf said.
On Tuesday, Galesburg police officials did not release any information to TKS regarding the investigation, as it is ongoing and pending further questioning of the suspect.
GALESBURG — The October 2012 death of Tundun Lawani ’14 was ruled accidental Tuesday after an inquest by Knox County Coroner Mark Thomas.
According to Thomas, Lawani died of “blunt force injurie” after she was struck by an automobile, and the inquest jury ruled the death as accidental. Lawani was also found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.077 at the time of death.
According to the Galesburg Register-Mail, this verdict will have no bearing upon the court proceedings in the case.
The alleged driver, Lakeesha Smith, 33, of Galesburg, plead not guilty in November to charges of reckless homicide, aggravated DUI and leaving the scene of an accident involving death. Smith will have a pre-trial conference Monday, but it is unlikely that anything will move forward with the trial during that appearance.