The new semester at the University of the Incarnate Word began Monday with a campus in mourning for 23-year-old Cameron Redus.
The popular senior was shot to death last month in an alleged scuffle with a UIW police officer who reported seeing Redus allegedly driving erratically on Broadway.
Cpl. Chris Carter, who remains on paid administrative leave, followed Redus to his apartment complex, where the shooting occurred.
"The family waits patiently," said their spokesman, Mark Hall. "We are going to await judgment until the investigation is complete."
Hall said they are confident investigators will find "the use of force was unnecessary."
Redus' family was on campus Monday for several tributes honoring their son (Read family statement here), beginning with a brief but touching  memorial service.
A red oak tree was planted with help by Redus' brothers, along with a plaque placed in front of the school's natatorium.
UIW also announced that a scholarship in Redus' name has been endowed by Mary Pinner, an alumna and donor, who also is a friend of the Redus family.
Dr. Kathi Light, UIW provost, called the tragedy the school's worst crisis that any one on campus can recall.
"It is moment that could define us, but we don't want it to define us," Light said. "What we want to define us is how we respond to this."

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