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Aaron Lorenzo Dorsey was shot and killed by a DUPD officer on March 13, 2010.

'Feels like it happened yesterday': Revisiting Aaron Lorenzo Dorsey’s death at the hands of a DUPD officer, 11 years later

On March 13, 2010, Duke University Police Department officer Jeffrey Liberto shot and killed 25-year-old Aaron Lorenzo Dorsey of Durham. The Chronicle’s coverage of the story at the time did not extend beyond interviews with and statements from representatives of Duke and DUPD, and The Chronicle neither covered the legal proceedings nor gave Dorsey’s loved ones a chance to tell their stories.


Send us your photos, videos and other media documenting this academic year

To mark the end of this year like no other, we’re seeking submissions of photos, videos, audio files and other media documenting the last year in Duke’s history. There are no format requirements: You can send anything from a professional photo of students hanging out on the quad to a grainy 3-second Snapchat video of a socially distanced meal or a Zoom screenshot of a remote class. Submissions are due Friday, April 16. 

Even in a pandemic, Keith Upchurch, Trinity ‘72, and Nugget, his 10-year-old golden retriever, have kept coming to campus to see students. 

Keith and Nugget bring joy and relief, even in a pandemic

Amid the many changes on Duke’s campus necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic, one old sight reliably persists: a smiling canine face and her familiar owner. The beloved dog-owner duo—Keith Upchurch, Trinity ‘72, and Nugget, his 10-year-old golden retriever—have promenaded through Duke’s campus since 2012. Since Upchurch retired from the Durham Herald-Sun in 2016, they have visited the University almost every day. 


Asian, Asian American students say rise in anti-Asian violence underscores deeper issues

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, discrimination and violence against Asians and Asian Americans in the United States have increased, fueled by rhetoric like “Chinese virus” or “Wuhan virus” that taps into centuries-long tropes of Asians as disease carriers and invaders. Some students shared concerns about the safety of parents and family at home, and many reflected on the ways that stereotypes about Asians have affected their experiences as Blue Devils.