Salem State student killed in shooting

Christopher Joyce

SALEM – Christopher Joyce, a Salem State University student, was shot and killed Friday, just two weeks before he was scheduled to graduate. 

"It is with great sorrow that I must inform the campus of the tragic loss of one of our students, Christopher Joyce," President John Keenan wrote in an email to the campus community. "There are no words I can express that will ease the pain our campus is feeling. Death is unfair and cruel, taking many, as it did Chris, far too early."

Joyce, 23, was one of two men who were killed at a Boston apartment complex on Friday. An accounting major, Joyce was scheduled to receive his diploma on May 19, earning a bachelor’s degree in business.

"He was deeply engaged on campus in multiple ways, particularly with the diversity and multicultural affairs office. Chris was well known on campus and had many classmates he called friend," Keenan said.

Boston police were called to 277 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, after receiving reports of shots fired around 9:41 a.m. on Friday, according to media reports. 

Keenan said support services would be available to members of the Salem State community, including counseling and health services, spiritual life and student advocacy. The campus held support groups on Saturday and Sunday with student life and counseling staff.  

A memorial vigil will be held later in the week. 

"During these very difficult times, please take steps to take care of yourself, including accessing campus resources," Keenan said.

Mary Markos may be contacted at 978-338-2660 or

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