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September 26, 2000

St. Edward's University establishes memorial scholarship fund for slain DPS trooper, Vetter

AUSTIN - Faculty, staff and friends of slain Texas Department of Public Safety trooper Randy Vetter recently set up a memorial scholarship in his honor at St. Edward's University. The scholarship funds will be awarded annually to a criminal justice major displaying academic excellence and dedication to community service. To endow the scholarship, $25,000 must be raised. Contributions for the Randall Vetter Memorial Fund should be directed to the following address:

Attn: Lucie Perez, CM 1028
Randall Vetter Memorial Fund
University Relations
St. Edward's University
3001 South Congress Ave.
Austin, Texas 78704

Vetter, the DPS trooper who was killed in the line of duty during a traffic stop near San Marcos, graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor of arts in criminal justice from St. Edward's University in May 1994. During his days as a St. Edward's University student, Vetter served as both vice-president and president of the university's chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the national criminal justice academic society. His trustworthiness was further recognized by the university administration when he was hired as a student worker in the Office of Housing and in the Registrar's Office. Dr. David M. Horton, professor and director of St. Edward's University Criminal Justice Program who taught Vetter, described him as the "quintessential poster-boy for what professional law enforcement in our democratic society should stand for at the dawn of the new millennium."

Vetter was a resident of New Braunfels and a graduate of Canyon High School.

St. Edward's University is an independent Catholic liberal arts university of 3,800 students in Austin. It was founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross.

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