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Memory of slain UA student to be honored in virtual vigil Saturday

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Forrest Keys, University of Arizona student
Posted at 6:24 AM, Feb 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-27 10:59:20-05

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — An earlier version of this story had the incorrect date of the vigil.

A virtual vigil will honor the memory of 20-year-old Forrest Keys, a UArizona student who was killed in a campus parking garage Saturday night. The event will start at 10 a.m. Saturday. To watch, click here.

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UArizona president Robert Robbins released a statement about a scholarship established in Keys' honor:

As I said in this week’s campus briefing and in other spaces, our foremost priorities are respecting the wishes of Forrest’s family and supporting the investigation to identify and arrest those responsible for his death.

University of Arizona Police Department Chief Brian Seastone and his officers have been working closely with the Tucson Police Department, and they will provide updates as appropriate.

In addition, the members of Forrest’s fraternity, Zeta Beta Tau (ZBT), and his roommates are working with his family to plan an official vigil to celebrate his life. Details of this event will be made public by ZBT when plans are finalized.

This event will be an opportunity for everyone in our community to mourn together, including those first responders and police officers who were on scene and wish to be solemn participants. The University stands ready to support and provide public safety services for any event planned by ZBT. We ask for patience, as this is an emotional time for all of those who loved Forrest and want to celebrate his life and the light he brought to all who knew him. The University of Arizona Foundation has created in his honor the Forrest Beckett Keys Memorial Scholarship Endowment and supported it with an initial $25,000 donation. Additional contributions to this scholarship fund, which will be coordinated with Forrest’s family, can be made at this page. Thank you for coming together as a Wildcat family this week. Please continue to reach out if you need help.