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Friends and family members release balloons in Montana Lopez's honor in Muncie, June 23, 2021. After Lopez was shot and killed June 19, family members organized a balloon release, funeral and candle lighting. Blake Smith, Photo Provided

Students and teachers reflect on June 2021 shooting of Ball State freshman Montana Lopez

After a few hours at Brothers Bar & Grill on a Saturday night, senior telecommunications major Blake Smith received a University Police Department (UPD) text alert that said officers were investigating reports of shots fired on her street. She was the first of her group of roommates and friends to go back to her house, and texted her friend and neighbor Montana Lopez to check on him. Smith had been at Lopez’s house for a party before going to Brothers.

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