On Students: Hopkins Community Remembers Rex Chao More than 300 students and several university officials gathered at the Homewood campus's Glass Pavilion Wednesday evening at a memorial service for political science sophomore Rex T. Chao, who was killed in a campus shooting earlier this month. Interim Provost Steven Knapp read from the Psalms, and several friends remembered Chao, 19, as a talented violinist and an ambitious student who went out of his way to befriend others. "The death of Rex Chao signaled a sudden ending and rendered each of us stunned and sorrowful; we came to a complete standstill," university chaplain Sharon Kugler said. "We, as a family, as a community, felt profound despair. We froze in our tracks. What could such senseless violence mean? How could it happen here?" Senior Robert Harwood, 22, has been charged with Chao's death; Baltimore City Police said the two men were former friends who argued after a meeting of the College Republicans on April 10. Harwood is in jail on charges of first degree murder and unlawful possession of a handgun; he was denied bail. Kugler urged those struggling with the tragedy to seek comfort in their faith and in one another. "It is essential that we continue to long for the experiences of joy and comfort, to listen for the healing voice of God in the silence of our souls," she said. "We need to understand that we can get there only by walking through the pain together." Participants at the memorial service held lighted candles as members of the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra performed Bach's Concerto for Two Violins as a recessional. A brief reception was held in the Great Hall after the service.
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