COLLEGE STATION, Texas - A murdered Texas A&M student may soon be getting a degree from the university. Maricarmen Quiroz-Octaviano, 21, was found dead inside her College Station apartment on Sept. 17th. Her boyfriend, Victor Manuel Garcia-Loyo, admitted to shooting the student multiple times.
Some Texas A&M faculty are hoping to honor her work at the university. The Texas A&M faculty senate voted to award Maricarmen a degree from the university. She was a genetics major and the request for the degree actually started in the department she was under - biochemistry and biophysics.
KAGS spoke with the associate department head of the school, Dr. David Peterson, who says Maricarmen was a student in good standing and on track to graduate this December.
"We thought this would really mean something to Maricarmen's parents as some sort of evidence that she had come so close to completing her degree," said Dr. Peterson.
University President Michael Young will still need to approve the request. KAGS was told by the university that the request should reach his desk next week and that it will likely be approved.