University to honor victims at memorial

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The three people slain Saturday will be included in an annual UGA memorial service already scheduled for tonight, university President Michael Adams told reporters gathered outside the UGA administration building Monday morning.

The annual memorial, at 7 p.m. outside the UGA Chapel, honors faculty, staff and students who died over the past year.

Although none of the three worked at UGA, all had university connections.

Marie Bruce was a communications coordinator in the marketing department before she obtained a law degree at the UGA School of Law and began a practice in Athens.

Tom Tanner recently left UGA's Carl Vinson Institute of Government to take a job at Clemson University.

And Ben Teague was married to well-respected English professor Fran Teague.

As law enforcement agencies sought UGA marketing professor George Zinkhan III on Monday, Dr. Adams said that he has instructed UGA Provost Arnett Mace to "terminate (Zinkhan's) relationship with the university."

Police officers patrolled the University of Georgia campus with semiautomatic rifles Monday, but UGA students and workers said Dr. Adams made the right call to hold classes as usual Monday in the wake of Saturday's triple slaying.

Dr. Adams met with top UGA administrators Saturday and Sunday after Saturday's shooting, in which Mr. Zinkhan is accused of killing his wife and two men at a Town & Gown Theatre lunch reunion.

All the administrators agreed UGA should go ahead with a normal schedule, he said.

Athens-Clarke and UGA police said Monday they don't believe Mr. Zinkhan is in Clarke County.

"I guess if he'd shot people on campus or students were the intended target (I might feel unsafe)," said first-year law student Colby Cohen.

UGA sent out an alert to about 34,000 students and 8,000 workers just before 2 p.m. Saturday.

Eighty-two percent of the messages sent out by the UGA Alert system got through to recipients, UGA Vice President for Pubic Affairs Tom Jackson said. The messages that didn't get through went to phones and computers in campus offices, he said.

Mr. Zinkhan, a respected researcher, came to UGA to head the marketing and distribution department in the Terry College of Business in 1994.

He stepped down as department head after about six years, but remained as a professor.

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