Tulane Law School students mourn classmates killed in murder-suicide

Tulane Law School students mourn classmates killed in murder-suicide

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Grief counselors tried to console Tulane Law students after the deaths of two of their classmates.

Police say 28-year-old Wajih Mazloum shot his girlfriend and then himself Sunday night. It's the latest in a string of suicides at Tulane.

"It doesn't make any sense," law student Julia Wilson said. She slowly climbed the steps at Tulane Law School's entrance, placing flowers at a makeshift memorial to two friends.

"I new Wajih the best. We were pretty good friends," she said.

Police say Wajih Mazloum shot his girlfriend, Sara LaMont, and then himself. It happened at Mazloum's Willow street apartment. Wilson said Wajih didn't have the stress of law school but had a lot of things going on. She called him laid back. Friends say Sara LaMont called this the best year of her life. She and Wajih celebrated a one-year anniversary Friday and they both had summer internships lined up.

"She was 25 and most likely going to be valedictorian of our class," Wilson said.

"Tulane had three suicides in the fall semester. Two suicides were undergrads and one public health student," said Dusty Porter, vice president of Student Affairs.

Mary Travis was the third suicide in 2014. The 19-year-old management major was found dead Nov. 22 in Leadership Village. Porter said after her suicide, there were concerns that many students didn't know about mental health counseling at Tulane.

No one will ever know if Mazloum could have benefited from the services. LaMont had a lot to look forward to before her life was cut short.

Tulane officials say a 24-hour mental health hotline is coming soon to the university so students can call and talk to a professional even in the middle of the night.

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