Maguire Village quiet a week after slaying of a UF student


Published: Monday, January 12, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 11, 2004 at 11:20 p.m.
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University of Florida Police investigate Dumpsters at the Maguire Village complex located on the UF campus January 5.

DOUG FINGER/The Gainesville Sun
While police continued over the weekend to investigate the slaying of University of Florida graduate assistant Sudheer Reddy Satti, residents of Satti's campus housing complex went about normal routines, saying they had noticed more officers patrolling the area.
The Maguire Village complex off SW 34th Street was quiet Sunday afternoon, a week after police found Satti's body in the bedroom of his first-floor apartment. A few children played on the lawn, while adult residents checked their mail or did laundry.
Crime scene tape still blocked the entrance to Satti's apartment, No. 7 in Building 382. A flier with Satti's picture, asking anyone with information about the case to contact police, was posted on a door to the laundry room.
It took days for police to positively identify the body as Satti, who investigators said was stabbed multiple times in what has become the first campus homicide case in at least 25 years.
Investigators returned to the complex over the weekend with the goal of speaking with anyone they hadn't been able to contact during the week, University Police Lt. Joe Sharkey said.
Police have delivered all evidence collected in the case to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in Jacksonville, where forensics analysis will be done, Sharkey said. Police were still trying to determine the motive.
Maguire Village resident Min Min, who was waiting for a friend in the parking lot Sunday, said she would feel more concerned if police determined the killing happened in the course of a robbery "because everyone will become an opportunity."
Brian Monk, who recently moved into the apartment complex, said he was "a little bit concerned," and more cautious when he and his fiancÚ go out after dark.
"It's not the most comfortable thing, but it doesn't seem like somebody is targeting Maguire Village," said Monk, 25. "Hopefully the police are out patrolling. When I go out at night I see them around more."
Rachel Kipp can be reached at (352) 374-5086 or kippr@gvillesun.com.

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