Dearborn Schools Planning How to Best Remember Slain Administrator
A vigil or collection of funds in Business Services Director Bob Cipriano's honor will align with the wishes of his family, the district said.
Responding to questions about how Dearborn Public Schools will memorialize Business Services Director Bob Cipriano–who was killed Monday in a grisly attack in his Farmington Hills home–the district released a statement Tuesday stating that plans are in the works, but are not set at this time.
Cipriano's wife, Rose, and 17-year-old son, Salvatore, were also injured in the attack, and are listed as being in critical condition at Botsford Hospital. Police have arrested the couple's 19-year-old son, Tucker, in connection with the crimes.
A statement on the district's current attention to the matter was released Tuesday afternoon by spokesman David Mustonen:
The district has received many inquires regarding what actions we may be taking to remember Mr. Cipriano and perhaps help his family.
At this time we have not made definitive plans regarding any type of memorial, vigil, or the collection of funds. We are waiting to hear from the Cipriano family so that any effort started by the district will align with the wishes of the family and pay proper tribute to Mr. Cipriano.
This very tragic event remains in the media spotlight and will for several more days. It is important that any action taken by the district is done in a respectful way, pays tribute to our colleague and friend, and not become the focus of any media story. We will pass along information to staff and the community when the time is appropriate.
Also, we have no information on a memorial services or funeral arrangements for Mr. Cipriano. When that information becomes available we will share it with the community.
In the meantime, Bob’s wife Rose and son Sal remain at the hospital in critical condition. We ask that everyone continue to focus their energy and prayers on a speedy recovery.
The district on Monday informed Dearborn Public Schools employees of Cipriano's death, and made counseling services available to those in need.
“This is a very tragic and sad day for the Dearborn Public Schools family," DPS Supt. Brian Whiston said in a statement Monday. "We have lost a respected professional, but more important, we have lost a dear friend."