Kristen Loetz

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Kristen Loetz, who was the victim of a shooting at an off campus apartment by a former boyfriend, will be the Commencement speaker at Salisbury University this year.

She told the Salisbury Daily Times she felt the experience showed people that “…no matter what you are faced with there is a way to overcome it.”

The 22-year old from Stevensville was critically wounded in the shooting shortly after 6:30 p.m. on September 3rd of last year by 21 year old Ryan Shallue.

She also pays a personal tribute to her friend C.J Abbott who was killed trying to stop the shooting.

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Salisbury University President Janet Dudley Eshbach told a vigil last night that the student Kristen Loetz is expected to recover and could walk again after being shot by a former boyfriend Tuesday night.

20 year old Loetz is now at Shock Trauma in Baltimore and is listed in critical but stable condition.

The incident occurred at the residences on Onley Road when an argument developed between Loetz and 21-year old Ryan Shallue.

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Authorities are identifying the three people shot in an apparent murder-suicide at a home near Salisbury University.

The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that 21-year-old Ryan Shallue shot 19-year-old Charles Abbott and 20-year-old Kristen Loetz on Tuesday night, then turned the gun on himself.

The sheriff's office says Shallue was pronounced dead on the scene and Abbott was pronounced dead at an area hospital. Loetz, a university student from Stevensville, is being treated at Shock Trauma in Baltimore in critical, but stable condition.