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On the Passing of Kristopher Minners, Residential Advisor and Former Student

The Girard College community was shocked and saddened to learn that Kristopher Minners, a current Residential Advisor and former student, was killed in the tragic shooting on South St. in Philadelphia Saturday night. An innocent bystander, Kris had just turned 22 and was celebrating with family and friends. He attended Girard College until 9th grade and since January 2022 has worked in the residential program advising 6th and 2nd grade boys.

Our hearts are broken for Kristopher and his family, and our thoughts are with everyone who was impacted by this appalling act of violence. I visited with Kris’ parents this morning and the College will continue to offer them every support.

Kristopher was so proud to return to Girard and serve as a role model to the young boys in his care. He was doing an amazing job for us, even being named RA of the month in March. Kris was a vital member of our community, and his loss will be felt deeply.

We have all seen too much violence in the news, but when it hits home like this it becomes so much more real. Girard College will continue to lend our voice in the conversation to enact meaningful gun reform.

Members of the College’s Achievement Team have been working throughout the day to inform the families of Kris’ students and prepare a plan to support our students as they process this tragic news. Throughout the week, our social workers, behavioral specialists, and psychologist will meet with teachers, residential staff, and students to offer guidance and support. Girard College also offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to all staff and dependents through Penn Behavioral Health.

Please keep Kris and his family in your prayers. This is a sad day for all in the Girard College community. Till Our Hearts Be Still.

James D. Turner
Interim President, Girard College

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