I think this is the hardest blog that I have had to write. As you are aware, Daniel Williams went missing in the early hours of Thursday 31 January 2019 from the University campus, and Daniel’s body was subsequently recovered from the lake on Tuesday 5 February 2019.
Although I have been a Police Officer for 25 years, I still find it incredibly difficult to come to terms with the death of children and young people. This is a tragic unexplained incident which has had a huge impact, not only on Daniel’s mum, dad and sister, but also the wider University community.
I attended both candle lit vigils for Daniel and I was touched by the heartfelt words spoken by the Mark the chaplain and Daniel’s friends and housemates.
Although I was in uniform I couldn’t stop the tears from flowing, feeling deep sadness and pain. 3Sixty was filled with young faces and I felt enormously proud of all of you standing together, united, and paying your respects to one of your own. So many young people in one place, confronting death and each standing quietly immersed in your own thoughts.
My thoughts and love are with Daniel’s family and friends at this time and I want you all to know that if you need to speak to me, you can get my details from the Security Team.
Please look after yourselves and each other.
PC 1276 SUSEL
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