Hofstra University students were in tears at their graduation, after their beautiful classmate Andrea was held hostage and shot in a robbery gone wrong. So sad.
After Hofstra University student Andrea Rebello was shot and killed in a tragic accident on May 17, her alma mater gave a touching tribute to her at the May 19 graduation ceremony. Students wore white pins for Andrea, and U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer read a poignant poem that brought her classmates to tears. Andrea was a Junior, and she was shot by police in a house robbery that went awry.
Hofstra University Holds Tribute For Andrea Rebello
Andrea, 21, was a stunning public relations and sociology student, and she is survived by her identical twin sister Jessica.
For the 700 students who graduated on May 19 at the college’s Long Island campus, the ceremony lacked pomp and flare and instead had a very sombre mood.
“It’s not going to ever be the same without her. She was a beautiful girl inside and out, and I know she’s watching down on us,” said Andrea’s friend, Talia Sperandio to the New York Daily News. She wrote “RIP Andrea” on her mortarboard.
“I wasn’t going to walk but I knew she would have wanted me to,” said Shannon Tomascak, who was friends with Andrea. “She was supposed to be here for me.”
While speaking at the graduation, Senator Charles said that students must be proud of themselves.
“Usually I give a happy little speech about getting dumped by my girlfriend at graduation and how I overcame it. But I am sure you, like me, have conflicting and mixed emotions this morning.We feel shocked and horrible about Andrea’s loss, but it’s a very proud day of accomplishments for all of you and all of your families.”
Andrea Rebello Is Killed In Robbery
Andrea, Jessica and two friends were held hostage on May 17 in their rented home near the university.
Andrea was shot dead when an armed intruder named Dalton Smith burst into her home, and he was killed in a hail of police bullets. However, when attempting to shoot him, the police officer also shot Andrea in the head, killing her.
Andrea’s funeral will be held on May 22.
What do YOU think of the tribute, HollywoodLifers? Do you think it was touching?
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— Eleanore Hutch