SANANTONIO -- The family of the University of the Incarnate Word student shot and killed by a campus police officer released a statement regarding Cameron 'Cam' Redus' untimely death Tuesday.
The following is the statement in its entirety:
We are grieved by thetragicand unnecessary death of our son Cameron. He was a wonderful, lovingyoung man,intelligent,compassionate, and idolized by his four brothers.We have aclose, lovingfamily,who will be struggling to adjust to life without our son and brother.He will be missed every day. We have not even begun to think about what life will be like without him.
We are blessed to have a loving church family and friends in Baytown who are taking care of us, and our faith in God will sustain usas we grieve.
Weare thankful for all the prayers and messages from Cameron sfriendsand professors in the Incarnate Word community. They, like our family,are grieving his loss. Our hearts are with them. They have lost afriend whocared for them.
Cameron was in his last year at Incarnate Word University. He had done well asa Dean s Liststudent andwaspreparing for life in businessafter college. We have learned from his friends and professors in the last few days just how much theyadmiredand respected Cameron and expected him to be a success in life.
He spent Thursday eveningwith friends celebrating the end of the fall semester.
Cameron diedearlyonFriday morningin the parking lot of the Treehouse Apartments in Alamo Heights from gunshots fired by acampus policeofficer employed by Incarnate Word University. The investigating authoritiesquicklycleaned upthescene andevensearched his apartment before we arrived in San Antonio.
Several media reports state that thecampuspolice officer observed Cameron driving erratically on Broadway and followed him to the Treehouse Apartments. Theofficer reported that Cameron got out of his truck at the apartmentparking lotand initiated a struggle with the officer.
Our family does not believe the officer s report. Cameron has never been an aggressive or confrontational person.Cameron s friends have said the same thing about him.
For him toconfrontapolice officer would be completely out of his character.
We understand that the Texas Rangers and Alamo Heights police havebegunaformalinvestigation into events leading to Cameron s death. Weare confident, because we knew Cameron, thatthe investigation will show that Cameron was not armed when the police officer shot him.
We question thecampus officer sdecisionto follow an unknown personfrom an off-campus locationto his off-campusapartment.Cameron drove his truck to his designated, covered parking spot at the Treehouse Apartments off Grandview Place in Alamo Heights.
Even if Cameron was driving erratically,he presented no threat to thecampuspolice officeror anyone else once he parked his truck.
We expectall officialreportsto confirmthatCameron s death was unnecessaryand unjustified.
Funeral services for Cameron will be heldon Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:00 pmat Memorial Baptist Church,600 West Sterling Ave., Baytown, Texas 77520. We invite all our and Cameron s friends to join us in celebrating Cameron s life.