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Posted: Tuesday, July 12, 2005 6:14 am | Updated: 7:20 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The Arizona State University panel investigating the university’s dealings with former football player and accused killer Loren Wade is preparing to submit its findings Friday.

Law professor Myles Lynk, who is heading the panel, declined to discuss the results and recommendations developed from the 3 1 /2-month investigation.

"The key point is the report has not yet been completed, so I don’t want to suggest in any comments what the report is saying or is not saying," Lynk said.

ASU President Michael Crow appointed Lynk to lead the investigation following the March 26 fatal shooting of former ASU defensive back Brandon Falkner outside a Scottsdale nightclub. Wade, once the projected starting tailback, has been charged with first degree murder.

The report probably will not become public until next week, said Virgil Renzulli, ASU vice president of public affairs. It first will be sent to the university’s general counsel’s office for review and redaction of private information, he said.

The eight-member investigative committee reviewed a broad scope of safety-related matters, Lynk said, ranging from specific university officials’ interactions with Wade to familiarity with the student code of conduct.

"We were sort of asked to step back and look at the surrounding circumstances. And given the fact that the two people involved were ASU students at the time, to what extent can ASU, as a responsible member of this community and as an organization that has responsibility for the people who are here, discharge that responsibility more effectively?" Lynk said.

Media reports after the shooting indicated Wade sometimes carried a handgun and had had numerous run-ins with other ASU students.

Police reports allege he threatened his girlfriend, ASU soccer player Haley van Blommestein, and other women athletes and was involved in two fistfights at fraternity parties.

Wade told police that on the night of the shooting he was angry after finding van Blommestein standing near a car and talking to Falkner outside Club CBNC. He told police he put a handgun inside Falkner’s BMW and it accidentally fired, wounding Falkner in the head.

In March, football coach Dirk Koetter and former athletic director Gene Smith said they were not fully aware of Wade’s behavior while enrolled at ASU.

"We followed the areas where they led and, hopefully, we’ll give the president the kind of feedback and advice he’s hoping for," Lynk said.

The panel interviewed about 50 people and sent short questionnaires about campus safety to about 60,000 students, faculty and staff. About 2,000 people responded within 48 hours.

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