November 6, 2017
November 6, 2017
The family of fallen Police Officer Floyd East Jr. would like to release the following statement. Officer East was a native El Pasoan who was killed Oct. 9 while working at the Texas Tech Police Department in Lubbock.
"On Oct. 9, we lost Floyd East Jr., a beloved father, husband, brother and son. The past few weeks have been difficult for our family as we come to terms with his passing. The weeks, months and years ahead will be difficult as well.
"As anyone who has lost a loved one knows, grief is crushing. It swallows you into darkness and despair. It robs you of hope.
"But the outpouring of love for our family during this time has lifted us up and delivered the hope we need as we cope with our loss.
"We are eternally thankful for the kindness and support we've received from the Lubbock and El Paso communities. It warmed our hearts to see the hundreds of people who turned out for the processions and memorials in both cities. And we truly appreciate the kind words, cards, flowers, prayers and other beautiful gestures we've received from friends and strangers alike.
"We also want to express our gratitude to the Texas Tech Police Departments in Lubbock and El Paso; the students, faculty and staff of Texas Tech University in Lubbock and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso; and the community of law enforcement and first responders who came from across Texas and across the country to show their support to Floyd and our family.
"Floyd was a dedicated police officer who truly cared for the communities he worked in. He chose law enforcement as a career because he wanted to be part of the effort to keep cities safe — to make them great places to live and raise a family.
"The overwhelming show of support in both Lubbock and El Paso tells us Floyd did the right thing. We are comforted by your love and kindness, and proud to be part of the communities that Floyd served."
October 19, 2017
President Lawrence Schovanec discusses the Texas Tech family, and the bond and commitment seen in the past two weeks.
October 16, 2017
When: Noon Tuesday, Oct. 17
Where: Abraham Chavez Theatre
EL PASO, Texas – A public memorial service honoring Texas Tech Police Officer Floyd East Jr. will be held at noon Tuesday, Oct. 17 at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. To honor Officer East, the community is encouraged to wear blue tomorrow.
Media planning to attend should contact Veronique Masterson at 915-433-7407.
The ceremony will begin with the presentation of the colors by the Andress High School ROTC and the singing of the National Anthem by Eladio Valenzuela, the Andress High School choir director.
Speakers at the memorial will include L. Fredrick "Rick" Francis, Texas Tech University System chairman; Robert Duncan, Texas Tech University System chancellor; Lawrence Schovanec, president of Texas Tech University; Angie Escarciga, a family member of Officer East; and Richard Lange, president of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso.
The memorial service will culminate with the release of 1,000 blue and black balloons — a symbolic farewell honoring Officer East — outside in the Abraham Chavez Theatre's plaza. Music will be provided by the Andress High School band.
October 16, 2017
President Lawrence Schovanec has announced that the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will conduct a review of the Texas Tech University campus safety and security policies and practices, following the death of Texas Tech Police Department Officer Floyd East Jr. last week.
"Safety and security are the highest priorities of Texas Tech University and the Texas Tech University System," said Schovanec. "This was a tragic event for everyone affiliated with Texas Tech University, and it is appropriate that we conduct a post-review process to ensure we continue to provide a safe environment for the entire campus community."
October 13, 2017
The funeral procession for Officer Floyd East Jr. will be held on Saturday (Oct. 14). The procession will depart at 1 p.m. from Resthaven Funeral Home & Cemetery, 5740 W. 19th St., en route to Lubbock Aero, 6304 N. Cedar Ave.
The procession will travel north on Frankford Avenue to Loop 289, follow Loop 289 eastbound and turn left onto Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard toward East Regis Street.
All agencies participating in the procession will need to be at Resthaven by noon. The plane will depart Lubbock Aero at approximately 2 p.m. en route to El Paso for the memorial and funeral services.
A Rosary will be held at 9 a.m. MT on Tuesday (Oct. 17) at the Cristo Rey Catholic Church, 8011 Williamette in El Paso. The Rosary will be for family and law enforcement personnel only. Afterward, a public memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Abraham Chavez Theatre, 1 Civic Center Plaza, for anyone wishing to attend.
October 12, 2017
Dear Texas Tech and Lubbock communities,
Texas Tech University has established a memorial fund to support the family of Officer Floyd East Jr., whose life was taken suddenly Monday, while serving the university as a member of the campus police department. Officer East is survived by his wife, Carmen, and two daughters, Ana and Monica.
This week has been difficult, but I am heartened at the display of compassion and outpouring of support shown by the Texas Tech and Lubbock communities and people across the country toward Officer East’s family and the Texas Tech Police Department. I can’t begin to convey enough my deep appreciation to all law enforcement agencies involved in the timely apprehension of the suspect.
Texas Tech is a special place, and we have displayed the unwavering West Texas spirit that drives our caring for one another. Thank you for your consideration of support for the East family.
October 12, 2017
“Texas Tech University will initiate an external administrative review of policies and procedures within the Texas Tech University police department, following the death of Officer Floyd East Jr., a member of the university’s police force, earlier this week. In light of the tragic loss of life that we have experienced, it is appropriate that we conduct a post-event review process that will include a thorough review of our policies and practices to enhance the safety and security of our students, our police and the entire campus community.
“The members of the Texas Tech Police Department provide exemplary service to our university in a professional manner. This review in no way diminishes the great appreciation we have for the excellent job they do.”
“Also, because the shooting death involves one of our officers, we have asked the Lubbock Police Department to serve as an independent law enforcement agency to perform the criminal investigation.”
October 10, 2017
Officer Floyd East Jr.
On the evening of Oct. 9, a Texas Tech police officer was mortally wounded. The officer was identified as Floyd East Jr. in a press conference today.
Officer Floyd East Jr., 48, began his career with the Texas Tech Police Department on December 1, 2014 as a guard at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso, Texas. While working as a guard, Officer East attended the El Paso Community College Law Enforcement Academy to obtain his Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) Basic Peace Officer license. He subsequently graduated from the Police Academy on June 22, 2016. He transferred to the Texas Tech Police Department Lubbock campus on May 1, 2017 as a police officer, completing his Field Training Officer Program on August 31, 2017.
Officer East is survived by his wife, Carmen, and his two daughters, Ana and Monica.
October 9, 2017
Chief Kyle Bonath
Earlier this evening, a Texas Tech Police Department officer was shot and killed.
The suspect, Hollis Daniels, has been apprehended and taken into custody.
Texas Tech Police made a student welfare check late this afternoon. Upon entering the suspect's room, officers found evidence of drugs and drug paraphernalia. Officers brought the suspect to the police station for standard debriefing.
"During this time, the suspect pulled a gun and mortally shot an officer," Texas Tech Police Department Chief Kyle Bonath said. "The suspect fled on foot and later apprehended by TTPD near the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum."
"The family of the officer is in the thoughts and prayers of the Texas Tech community," Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec said. "I want to express my deep appreciation to the Texas Tech Police Department, Lubbock Police Department, Lubbock Sheriff's Office, and other state and federal law enforcement officials for their response."
Texas Tech University campus lock down has been lifted. Classes will resume as scheduled tomorrow, Oct. 10.
October 10, 2017
President Lawrence Schovanec
Fellow Red Raiders,
Please join me in extending our prayers and heartfelt condolences to the family of one of our Texas Tech police officers who was mortally wounded Monday evening. We will provide more information once all members of the family are notified. I know that the Texas Tech community will respond with support for the family and one another.
We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the Texas Tech Police Department, Lubbock Police Department, Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office, and other local, state and federal agencies for their response during this tragic event.
Counseling resources are available to university employees through the Employee Assistance Program and to students:
I know the Red Raider community will join together to support each other during this tragic time.
October 10, 2017
Texas Tech System Chancellor Robert Duncan
"Words can't express how saddened I am by the tragic loss of one of our Texas Tech University police officers tonight. Terri and I offer our thoughts and prayers to the officer's family and the Texas Tech University Police Department. I would like to thank Governor Greg Abbott, Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope and all of the law enforcement professionals from across the area who supported our campus during this time of need. Our Texas Tech family is strong and will support each other as we grieve."
Colleagues and Supporters:
Some of you may have watched events unfold last night while others woke to the tragic news at Texas Tech University. Words can't express how saddened we are by the loss of one of our police officers, and I ask that you keep the fallen officer's family and the entire Texas Tech Police Department in your thoughts and prayers.
In the face of this incident, I'm proud of the leadership of President Schovanec and the response of the Texas Tech University team. Their prompt notification protocols worked as planned; kept our students, faculty and staff safe; and their families informed with constant communication. I also would like to thank Governor Greg Abbott, Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope and all of the law enforcement professionals from across the area who supported our campus during this time of need.
Many of you are asking how you can help. More details will be available regarding a memorial service and how to support the officer's family. In the meantime, I ask that you thank our public servants who put themselves in harm's way and protect us every day. I also ask that you help assure all of our students that no matter what they are going through, their safety and wellbeing is our top priority. We have professionals on our campuses to help should you need to talk with someone. Please don't hesitate to seek this support.
We pride ourselves on being a family in the Texas Tech University System. I know we will all be there to support our students, faculty and staff during this difficult time.
Yours very truly,
Texas Tech University Faculty and Staff,
During this difficult time, there will likely be students, staff, and faculty who may need to talk with someone about their concerns and feelings following the tragic event of October 9. Counselors from the Student Counseling Center, trained staff from across campus, and staff from the Office of the Dean of Students stand ready to assist students in need of support services. Support clinics have been set up in the following locations for October 11th, 2017, until 5:00 p.m.
In addition, a memorial space has been located inside the Student Union Building near the entrance of the SUB by the Copy Mail Office. A message board and space has been provided for students, staff, and faculty to leave messages of condolence.
We ask faculty members that should they identify a student in distress or in crisis to refer students to either of the above support locations or to the Office of the Dean of Students, (806) 742-2984. We also ask our faculty to work with students in crisis or distress to make-up any missed class periods or missed academic work. There are many students on campus affected by this event, and they may need time to process their thoughts and feelings. Counseling resources also are available to any university employee through the Employee Assistance Program.
In difficult times, it is the strength of the campus community and love and support for one another that will help us heal. Again, the academic community would like to express our gratitude to the Texas Tech Police Department, as well as the Lubbock Police Department, the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office, and the numerous other law enforcement agencies who responded to this tragic and dangerous situation on our campus.
Thank you in advance for your efforts to support our students, staff, and faculty.
Governor Greg Abbott
"First and foremost, our hearts go out to the family of the police officer killed at Texas Tech University. I have spoken to Chancellor Robert Duncan to offer my condolences, and I have mobilized the Texas Department of Public Safety to offer any assistance to the Lubbock Police Department. As the Texas Tech campus deals with this heartbreaking tragedy, Cecilia and I pray for the continued safety of the students and the entire community."
Mayor Dan Pope
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the Texas Tech University police officer killed this evening, as well as the entire TTU family. I applaud the swift action by all area law enforcement in apprehending the suspect."
TechAlert! is a mass notification system that simultaneously sends email, text and voice messages to alert the university community of emergency situations or class cancellations or delays.
If you have not already done so this semester, update cell phone, home phone or text
message information at www.ttu.edu/emergency. Up to four phone numbers can be entered, with TTY/TDD for hearing impaired and text
Parents, if you wish to receive TechAlert notifications, ask your student to include your phone number in their registry.
On the Texas Tech Police Department's website, parents, students, faculty and staff can find different resources and tips for safety, including basic crime prevention, the annual Cleary report, daily crime logs, how to report a crime, programs and services and information about the blue phones around campus, a direct line to the Texas Tech Police Department.
For emergencies, call 911 from any phone line and you will be connected to one of the dispatchers at the Communications Center at the police department on campus. The police department is always available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.