The Texas A&M University-Commerce Police Department has confirmed the identities of the two deceased. The first victim is 19-year-old Deja Matts. Deja was a freshman at A&M-Commerce and was pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Public Health. She was from Garland, Texas. The second victim is 20-year-old Abbaney Matts, sister of Deja. Abbaney was not an enrolled student at A&M-Commerce.
The third victim, two-year-old son of Abbaney Matts, was treated and released to the care of family members.
According to the University Police Department, the shooting appears to be a targeted, isolated event. This remains an active investigation with multiple law enforcement agencies assisting. We will continue to provide updates as they become available.
A note from University president Mark Rudin that was issued late Monday evening reiterated a class cancellation through Wednesday as well as details about expanded counseling services available to students. The text is below.
Our hearts and prayers go out to the family, friends and students impacted by today’s tragic event. During this difficult time, we encourage our Lion family – students, faculty, staff and friends – to remain supportive of each other.
Since this is an active investigation multiple law enforcement agencies are still conducting, we cannot speak further to the specific circumstances surrounding this isolated incident at this time. We assure you that we are taking measures to ensure your continued safety on campus and to provide services and support to you all.
Our priority is for the safety of each and every member of our community. To that end, we have increased our staff presence in residential communities, and our University Police Department (UPD) has increased patrol around campus. As a result of these safety measures, Pride Rock will reopen at 10:15 p.m. CST Monday evening.
Our Counseling Center has expanded services to any students needing guidance or support during this time. Our Residential Living and Learning office has also arranged with local community partners to provide housing for any students temporarily displaced.
Below is a list of contacts for students and families needing additional services:
University Police Department (903) 886-5868 / 911 (on campus)
Residential Living and Learning (903) 886-5797 – main
(903) 468-2597 - Pride Rock residents
Counseling Center (903) 886-5145
I encourage you to take care of yourself, to utilize any university services that you may need, and to communicate with others that may need comfort during this time. As we unite in mourning today’s event, I know the resolve our Lion family exhibits in times of crisis. Thus, I am confident we can unite in demonstrating that resolve together.