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The campus lockdown has been lifted.

(1:49 p.m.) There has been a report of two males with weapons near the Student Union. Lockdown immediately until further notice.

Update (2:15 p.m.): Three males, all wearing black, were last seen walking north near Dean St.

Update (2:31 p.m.): University Police, as well as other law enforcement from the area, are clearing campus buildings in the affected area. Please remain indoors until an all clear has been given.

Update (2:42 p.m.): The campus lockdown has been lifted.  A-State will resume normal operations.

Police are continuing to investigate the earlier report and are reviewing campus security footage.

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Arkansas State Statement on Passing of Student-Athlete Thomas Ligon


JONESBORO, Ark. (11/19/13) – Arkansas State University student Thomas Ligon died this morning in his hometown of Ozark, Mo. Civil authorities in Ozark, Mo., confirmed his passing.

A senior nursing major, Ligon was a member of the A-State Red Wolves track and field team, Student Government Association and Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Several student life organizations with which Ligon was associated are planning memorial events.

“The A-State Athletics family extends our deepest sympathies to Thomas’ family and his friends, teammates and classmates,” Director of Athletics Terry Mohajir said today.

“Thomas is going to be missed,” said Arkansas State Head Track and Field Coach Jim Patchell. “He was not only a valuable member of our team, but a great person. Our heart goes out to his family during this difficult time.”

For those grieving, Arkansas State students are reminded that counseling is available through the Arkansas State Counseling Center located in the second floor of the Carl R. Reng Student Union; phone 870-972-2318.

Thomas Ligon
Thomas Ligon