Student writes message in blood

By Holly Wells
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Wednesday, May 12, 2004

La Paz resident leaves roommate a message in blood on white board

A student living in La Paz Residence Hall wrote a message in his own blood after getting mad at his roommate on May 4.

Adam Green, a journalism sophomore and the student's roommate, said he returned to his dorm around 11 p.m. May 4 to see "Quiet you smug S.O.B.s" written on the wall of his room with blood.

Green said earlier that night, he and his friends had been watching a basketball game in his room and his roommate had gotten upset. Green said he and his friends then left to go to the Student Recreation Center.

"When we left, he slammed the door, and we didn't think much of it; he's done stuff like that before," Green said.

Green said although he and his roommate lived together last year and got along well, the relationship between them changed this year.

"This year, things were not good between us," he said. "We basically just stayed out of each other's way."

Green said he told his resident assistant after seeing the message and then contacted the police.

"We all had the reaction of 'This is not right,'" he said. "My roommate wasn't there, so there was some concern over where he was."

When Green's roommate returned, Green said he had a bandaged wrist and had apparently cut his own vein to write the message.

Sgt. Eugene Mejia, UAPD spokesman, said there was no criminal action taken against the student.

"The message wasn't considered threatening," he said. "No prosecution was desired."

Green said he didn't want to press charges because he wanted to move on.

"I thought it'd be better to just let my roommate get the help he needs," he said.

Green said he didn't feel threatened by the message.

"It was odd, but I wasn't terribly surprised," he said.

"He's left me notes before but usually with the pen-and-paper method."

Green said his roommate's parents picked him up that night, but it wasn't clear if he was still going to live in the residence hall.

"I stayed at a friend's house. I wasn't going to go back as long as he had a key," Green said.

Green said his roommate moved out later that week.

Although Green is unsure why his roommate left the message, Green said he heard his roommate tell police he was upset because Green had broken every roommate agreement.

Velliyur Viswesh, molecular and cellular biology sophomore and Green's neighbor, said he was with Green that night.

"The relationship between them had been getting worse and worse," he said. "But we didn't expect him to do something like that."

Viswesh said although he didn't feel threatened by Green's roommate, he

didn't feel comfortable around him.

"It's not a normal thing to do," he said.

Mejia said the student was referred to the Dean of Students Office.