Tragic incident at Erasmus MC

Erasmus MC
Guido Pijper

There was a tragic incident in an Erasmus MC teaching building on Thursday 28 September. A beloved lecturer of our university was killed that day. Our thoughts are first and foremost with the victims and relatives.

Tuesday, 24 October 13:30 - A second walk-in in the Living Room

Do you feel the need to talk once more with someone about the tragic incident at Erasmus MC? On Tuesday October 24 from 1.30pm to 3.30pm, we are hosting another walk-in in the Living Room for students to share emotions and support each other. Student hosts and a student psychologist will be present to talk with you if you feel the need to do so.

Thursday, 5 October 14:30 - A minute of silence

On Thursday, 5 October at 14:30, there will be a central moment on campus Woudestein in which we commemorate last week's tragic events. We will do this by means of a minute's silence, which everyone can practice at their location. After the minute's silence, music will sound from the carillon on campus in memory of last week's victims.

Monday, 2 October 10:45 - Resources for EUR students and employees

Students & employees

Do you need support following the events of last week? But are not sure where to go yourself, or just want to make a report, such as signalling concerns about someone else.

Contact Safe@EUR via the reporting form, 010 4089999 or . To make a report, please use the reporting form.


  • OpenUp - If employees feel the need to talk, they can. Online, OpenUp's psychologists are available. If employees feel more comfortable doing so, they can also call or chat. OpenUp can refer you to the right help.
  • On the MyEUR intranet, employees can find out more about company welfare worker. You can also e-mail our contact person:

29 September 19:00 - Condolence register in Erasmus Building

The condolence register for our deceased lecturer Jurgen Damen will be available in Erasmus Building at the statue of Erasmus from Monday 2 October 10.00 am. Everyone is welcome to sign the register and show their support.

In the mail to all staff and students, the location was incorrectly indicated.

29 September 14:45 - Erasmus University Rotterdam already had student in view since early 2023

Contrary to media reports, Erasmus MC, the medical faculty of Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), has previously received information about the student who shot dead an EUR teacher and a woman and her daughter yesterday.

For the entire statement by Stefan Sleijfer (chairman of the Board of Directors), see the Erasmus MC website.

Update after press conference Thursday evening 28 September

On Thursday evening, the mayor of Rotterdam, along with chief of police and public prosecutor at a press conference, gave further details on this afternoon's terrible events.

Compassion for victims

Before providing an update on the latest information, the Executive Board would like to express its condolences to the victims. Our thoughts are first and foremost with them.

Pitch-black day

It has become a pitch-black day for the university now that it has become known that the perpetrator of the shooting was a student of Erasmus University Rotterdam. Besides taking the life of a 39-year-old woman and her 14-year-old daughter, he also fatally shot a lecturer from our university.

The police and the public prosecutor have launched an investigation into why this terrible event happened. At present, the motive behind this act is unclear. When new relevant information emerges, we will provide a further update.

Walk-in Living Room

Friday 29 September, the Living Room in Langeveld Building will be open for students, staff and other involved from 2pm to 5pm. This also applies to students and employees of Erasmus MC. Anyone on whom this day has had an impact is welcome. There will be 2 student hosts and a psychologist present to talk to. This will at least give an opportunity to share emotions with each other if there is a need.

Erasmus MC students and teachers will also be accommodated in a separate meeting. They have been informed of this by e-mail.

No teaching at Erasmus MC

All medical faculty teaching at Erasmus MC location has been cancelled on Friday 29 September. Scheduled exams at campus Woudestein will continue. We obviously sympathise with students who are now unable to do so due to this incident.

Not on Woudestein campus, EUC & ISS

The shooting did not happen on campus Woudestein or at EUC and ISS. We are closely monitoring the development of the situation. We express our support to all those involved.

More information

Slachtofferhulp Nederland offers help for anyone who needs it (Dutch website)

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