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Yale Deals With Mysterious Slaying

December 9, 1998

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ The stabbing death of a Yale University senior has frightened students wondering if a killer is among them.

The body of Suzanne Jovin, a political science major from Goettingen, Germany, was found Friday night in a wealthy neighborhood near campus that is home to many faculty members. She had been stabbed repeatedly.

Police have not made any arrests and have surmised that Jovin may have known her killer.

Gordy Rogers, 21, a senior linguistics major from New York City, said a lack of information is causing imaginations to run wild.

``I just hope it’s not a Yalie,″ he said. ``It’s pretty horrifying. It’s almost like something out of a movie.″

Yale spokesman Thomas Conroy said requests for assistance from a 24-hour campus escort have risen dramatically since the slaying. But he said security measures at the Ivy League school _ including call boxes, locked gates and campus police _ were ``more than adequate.″

Conroy said there was no point in speculating whether Jovin’s killer is a member of the Yale community, but he acknowledged people are on edge.

More than 30 police academy students combed the area Tuesday where the body was found, police spokeswoman Judith Mongillo said.

Jovin had tutored children at a local elementary school and, at Yale, she was a coordinator for the ``Best Buddies″ program, which serves people with mental retardation.

Detectives believe Jovin, who lived off campus, died where her body was found. She was last seen leaving a New Haven church where she had organized a pizza party for mentally handicapped adults.

The last time a Yale student was slain in New Haven was in 1991, when 19-year-old Christian Prince was shot during a robbery attempt.

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