/ Modified oct 7, 2022 3:36 p.m.

Charges filed after killing of UA professor

Former UA student Murad Dervish has been charged with first degree murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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Former University of Arizona student, 46-year-old Murad Dervish has been charged with first-degree murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon following Wednesday’s shooting.

UAPD officials say before the shooting, they were in the process of filing an exclusionary order against the suspect but were not able to make contact with Dervish.

Exclusionary orders are used to restrict individuals “who have committed crimes or engaged in disruptive actions from specific areas or the entire campus.”

They may be requested by an officially designated person in charge of a specific area, like department heads, deans, or the university president. UAPD may also initiate an order.

University of Arizona Professor Thomas Meixner was killed by the former UA student.

Meixner graduated from the UA in 1999 with his Ph.D. in Hydrology and Water Resources. His family shared that he best described his work as “making the world better through biogeochemistry,” but to them, he was “trying to save the world’s most precious resource,”–water.

His family shared the following statement:

“There are no words. We can try to put it into writing, but there will never be words to describe this crushing loss. Thomas Meixner was an incredible son, brother, husband, father, uncle, colleague and friend. He loved his family, friends, coworkers, the University of Arizona and the greater Tucson community. He always focused on helping others in all he did. The loss of Tom has left a giant emptiness in our hearts.

He was a great man, a deeply faith-filled and devoted husband and father. He was passionate about Hydrology, and one of the last acts he performed on this earth was to teach a class. He described his work as “making the world better through biogeochemistry,” but to us, he was trying to save the world’s most precious resource.

He recently retweeted the following quote, “Hope is not optimism, which expects things to turn out well, but something rooted in the conviction that there is good worth working for.” Tom certainly lived this. He will be forever loved and missed by so many who knew him.”

He joined the faculty in 2005 and was named department head of hydrology and atmospheric sciences in 2019.

Community members have taken to social media to share their memories of Dr. Meixner.

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