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UNH lecturer's suicide catches students by surprise
He appeared to be fine during classes last week and told his students that he would see them on Monday.
It was the last class she had with him.
"He was talking about extra-credit assignments and how he was looking forward to reading our different papers and stuff like that," she said Monday as she prepared to return to the conversational analysis class taught by Engel.
Police in Cary, N.C., said they believe Engel, of Durham, drove to North Carolina where he shot and killed Aleksander "Lenny" Wysocki, 74, on Friday. He is then believed to have driven to a motel in Dunnellon, Fla., and used a Glock 19 handgun to shoot himself in the head.
Hamilton also wouldn't comment on a possible motive, but said, "We're 100 percent confident on what the motive was and the connection."
Students were told that a new lecturer would be chosen soon and that mid-term exams would still be held in two weeks. They were also offered grief counseling.
"I thought that it wasn't true. I couldn't believe it," Hanson said, recalling her reaction when she heard the news over the weekend.
Some days he wore a bandanna, jeans and a leather jacket to class.
"He was happy to be where he was and was excited for us to take something away from the classroom. He was just a really dedicated and exciting teacher," Hanson said after class in the Horton Social Science Center — the building where Engel taught.
Hanson visited with a friend Sunday and shared their thoughts on the murder-suicide.
One former student wrote that he was a "complete nightmare" and that his personality was "all over the place."
But Leone said he was "one of my favorite professors I've had."
She added, "He was a very forward thinker. He encouraged you to try things, and if you made a mistake you learned from it. I would like to know how this happened because if you knew him you never would have expected this."
"I was just floored by it. You don't expect that kind of stuff to happen at a university like this, especially one of the faculty," said junior Jacob Rheaume, 22, of Dover.
Others said it was unfortunate that some of the good work that Engel did in the classroom will be forgotten.
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