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Update on Professor’s Tragic Death

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Three Nashville men have been found guilty in the deaths of anthropology professor Pierre Colas and his sister, Marie. The Colases were shot at Pierre’s home in East Nashville in a home invasion/robbery in August 2008. The assailants have been sentenced to life terms; additional suspects are in jail awaiting trial.

The Department of Anthropology celebrated Colas’ life and work with a 2009 conference that examined the themes and perspectives central to Mayan culture, identity, language and history. At the time of his death, the 32-year-old Colas was an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Science as well as a prolific scholar known for his groundbreaking work in Mayan epigraphy.

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