University at Texas at Brownsville Reopens Following Shootings in Mexico


POSTED: Monday, November 8, 2010 - 10:46pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - 9:18am

There was not a lot of traffic going into Mexico or folks coming into the United States after the severe violence in Matamoros over the weekend.
The violence prompted university officials at UTB to close the campus Friday afternoon and for the entire weekend after they heard gunfire from the campus Friday. They also had to cancel several homecoming activities that were planned for the weekend which will be rescheduled. Monday the campus was reopened and students are back to school. Jorge Munoz and other students are shocked by Fridays' events.

"Besides gunshots we heard explosions not sure if it was grenades, I don't know., The soccer game was going on and they stopped everything and moved everyone into the building."
"I am just walking to class and I hear helicopters and shootings and I don't know what to do, my parents are constantly nervous because they don't know what's going on."

UTB police chief John Cordoza says he has officers constantly patrolling the campus to ensure safety of students and staff.

"The campus is very safe, I want to keep it safe I don't want anyone injured, so all of us working together is the ultimate goal"

That's something Munoz agrees with, despite the violence across the border he says he feels safe on campus.

"Police was able to mobilize quick and we have a new system as soon as an emergency happens the phones come on."

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