The widow of slain UCLA professor William Klug characterized her husband’s shooting death as an “indescribable loss,” and has asked for privacy as she continues to mourn his murder.
“During this extremely difficult time for our family, we are grateful for the tremendous outpouring of support,” Mary Elise Klug said in statement released by the University of California, Los Angeles, on Thursday.
“Bill was so much more than my soulmate,” the statement continues. “I will miss him every day for the rest of my life. Knowing that so many others share our family’s sorrow has provided a measure of comfort.”
The 39-year-old educator was gunned down Wednesday in what officials called a murder-suicide at a small office in UCLA’s Boelter Hall. Police responded to reports of gunfire at the building just before 10 a.m., which resulted in a campus-wide lockdown implemented well into the afternoon.
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Police have identified Klug’s killer as Mainak Sarkar, a 38-year-old former doctoral student. After killing the UCLA professor, Sarkar turned the gun on himself.
Investigators have since revealed that Sarkar had compiled a "kill list" that included his estranged wife, whose lifeless body was found this week inside their Minnesota home with multiple gunshot wounds.
The list also included the name of another UCLA professor who has not been identified publicly, but authorities says is safe.
Meanwhile, Klug’s family continues to mourn the devoted husband and father, who served as a Little League coach.
“We are a very private family, and we need time to heal and recover from this senseless tragedy,” Klug’s widow also said in the statement.
A GoFundMe page established for Klug’s family has thus far netted more than $79,000 in donations.