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The Dolphin

The student-run news site of Le Moyne College.

The Dolphin

The student-run news site of Le Moyne College.

The Dolphin

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s visit at Le Moyne
Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s visit at Le Moyne
Kamilla Shahzad, Staff Writer • May 17, 2024

On April 18 th , 2024, Le Moyne College had the privilege of hosting a special guest, acclaimed author Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, who delighted...

Column: The Long Journey at Le Moyne
Column: The Long Journey at Le Moyne
Mary Anne Winfield, Guest Writer • May 17, 2024

I never expected to be a “senior” senior at Le Moyne College. My first introduction to the college was in the 1970’s. I was a two-year...

Theta Chi house at Colgate University
Column: Why I want to see Greek life at Le Moyne College.
Payton Hirsch, Guest Writer • May 17, 2024

At Le Moyne College there is no presence of “Greek Life,” which has left many wondering why. According to Joseph Della Posta, the school’s...

Photo courtesy of Le Moyne; Images of Officer Jensen, Onondaga County Sheriff’s Lt. Hoosock posted at memorial service.
‘A True Leader and Phenomenal Teammate’: Remembering Fallen Officer, a Le Moyne Graduate
Stephen Moore and Aidan Clark May 8, 2024

The Rev. William Dolan wants you to know what the community lost when Michael Jensen, a Syracuse police officer and a Le Moyne graduate, was...

Dr. James Carroll: The Donation that Rewrote Le Moyne  College’s History
Dr. James Carroll: The Donation that Rewrote Le Moyne College’s History
Legende McGrath, Guest Writer • May 7, 2024

In late March, Le Moyne College, specifically the College of Arts and Sciences, received a $12 million donation provided by Le Moyne alumnus...

Campus Mass Thursday as Le Moyne Mourns Loss “That Breaks Our Hearts” – Deaths of Two Law Enforcement Officers With Close Ties to College

Muhammad Lee

A Mass will be said at noon Thursday at the Panasci Family Chapel – and the flags on the Grewen quad will fly at half-staff until next week – due to a tragedy that occurred Sunday in Salina, near Syracuse, involving the deaths of Syracuse Police Officer Michael Jensen and Onondaga County Sheriff Lt. Michael Hoosock, both part of the larger Le Moyne College community.

Jensen, 29, earned his undergraduate degree from Le Moyne in 2017 and earned his MBA from the college a year later. Hoosock, 37, attended Le Moyne during the 2004-05 academic year.

According to, Christopher Murphy, 33, allegedly fled the scene of a Sunday evening Tipperary Hill traffic stop. Onondaga County Sheriff Tobias Shelley told that Jensen and Hoosock were “ambushed” and shot to death when they were among law enforcement officers responding to Murphy’s home in Salina, based on information police gleaned from the license plates of the driver eluding arrest.

Both officers were fatally wounded at the scene. Murphy, identified by investigators as the suspect, was shot by law enforcement officers during an exchange of gunfire and also died, police told

The Le Moyne community, mourning the loss of two former students, will gather for Thursday’s noon Mass, offered by Rev. Patrick Rogers, according to school officials. In an open letter shared Monday by college president Linda LeMura, she informed students, faculty and friends of the college of the deep connections between the two former Dolphins and their school.

“During this time of intense grief, our prayers go out to both men, their family and friends,” LeMura wrote, noting the flags will remain at half-mast until next Monday “to commemorate this tremendous loss.”

Rev. Jason Downer, interim director of Le Moyne’s campus ministry, wrote in an email to The Dolphin that working through the grief will be difficult after “a situation that breaks our hearts,” but he called upon the community to draw even closer together.

“We need to acknowledge our authentic and complicated emotions in order to help move towards a lasting sense of peace,” Downer wrote. “It’s not easy, nor is it quick, but it’s a sacred process so be gentle with yourself and with others as we navigate it together.”

By Corinne Becker, Aidan Clark, La Quida Cummings, Payton Hirsch, Annie Hubert, Jonathan Marks, Legende McGrath, Aidan Mingoia, Stephen Moore, Nicholas Nevins, Carly Nicolai, Joseph Pezzimenti, Stephen Riale, Claire Rickett, Kamilla Shahzad and Mary Anne Winfield.

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