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Parents of UofL student killed in Nairobi Mall attack

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Komi Kossi (Source: University of Louisville) Komi Kossi (Source: University of Louisville)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The University of Louisville is asking the community for help to send one of their students back to his home in Kenya after learning his parents were among the 67 people killed in the Nairobi Mall attack on September 20.

Komi Kossi has been given $500 from a UofL special emergency fund to help cover his flight back home, but the flight will cost more than $4,000.

Kossi, a political science major, has been a justice administration graduate student at UofL since 2011.

The University is helping him withdraw from his classes so his academic record will not be harmed and will apply his tuition payments toward the spring semester when he plans to return to UofL.

Kossi, who does not wish to speak to the media at this time, released a statement through UofL saying, "I would like to thank the faculty and staff at the University of Louisville as well as the Louisville community for their generosity and support. This is a sad time for myself and my family. Knowing we have so many friends who are willing to help us diminishes our sorrow. I thank you all."

The University is hoping to be able to send Kossi home as early as Saturday morning. If you would like to donate to help him travel you are asked to call (502) 852-6567. 

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