UTEP Community in Shock Over Murders

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POSTED: Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 1:20pm

UPDATED: Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 9:39pm

El Paso -- The UTEP business community is in shock over the brutal murder of two students in Juarez.

"It's just getting way out of hand something need to happen and fast," said UTEP business student Iliana Silva about the violence across the border.

UTEP confirms that 25-year-old Manuel Acosta and 23-year-old Eder Diaz were gunned down while driving Juarez this week. Police found nearly 40 bullet casings at the scene. Word of the brutal killings spread fast around the college of business.

"I walked into the lobby and everyone was crying,” said Diego Villasenor who is another business student.

Friends say Manuel and Eder lived in Juarez and commuted to UTEP, a fact makes others who do the same thing uneasy.

"You can be in the wrong place at the wrong time. You never know when you're going to get car jacked or murdered or something," said student Manuel Sandoval, who also lives in Juarez.

Across campus at the Student Development Center, staffers were busy cutting out paper doves for two memorial boards, with pictures of the two slain students. The hope is to bring some comfort to students struggling to cope with such a tragedy.

"Students can write their comments and their condolences for the students," said Shannon Osborne with the Student Development Center.

The big question on everyone's mind is why.

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This is so senseless, taking to young lives who were excited about starting their lives. Manny getting a new job, graduating in the spring and moving to el paso. Eder Diaz was in my finance class and it was very unsettling. Professor Devos didn't know how to begin our class. It is so upsetting.

Debra Kosich
Business Student

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