Student Killed during Snowstorm
During a snowstorm in 1960, police arrested 14 UT students along Cumberland Avenue when a snowball fight turned into a riot. Five years later on February 1, 1965, students again gathered along Cumberland Avenue during a snowstorm. Some drivers said students opened their doors and threw snow on them while they were stopped. A truck driver named William Douglas Willett Jr. told police he fired his handgun after students opened his truck, threw snow on him, and impaired his vision. Eighteen-year-old freshman Marnell J. Goodman, of Massachusetts, was shot and killed. After a police investigation found conflicting statements and newspapers printed letters from community members angry at the UT administration and the students, Willett was not indicted.