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University mourns death of student Raphael 'Rafe' Biltz

Thu, 01/17/2013

LAWRENCE – University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little released the following statement regarding the death of KU junior Raphael “Rafe” Biltz:

“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Rafe Biltz in this time of grief. I offer the deepest condolences on behalf of Jayhawk nation.”

Biltz, Mulvane, was a junior in the School of the Arts in film and media studies. He had a minor in English. He died Jan. 4.
 



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