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      University Village tenants cancel leases

      Some Mizzou students want to get out of their leases while school leaders decide what to do about University Village Apartments.

      Thatâ??s where Columbia Fireman Bruce Britt was killed last month while responding to a collapsing walkway.

      At least 6 tenants at University Village Apartments have asked to cancel their leases. University officials said several more students are thinking about moving out. Hayder Al-Behadili has a wife and 2 children and doesnâ??t feel safe living at the apartment complex. He wants to move out as soon as possible.

      Al-Behadili said, â??Itâ??s my family. Iâ??m concerned about them. Actually, they are afraid to live here. I need to transfer to another apartment.â??

      About 100 people lived at the complex before the fatal walkway collapse. Most of the residents are international students with University Village being their first home in the United States.

      University officials are helping University Village tenants find another place to live. There are no penalty fees for breaking a lease.

      Some students want to stay because the rent is cheap and the complex is close to their classes. MU spokesman Christian Basi said University Village will remain open for the next few months. Basi doesnâ??t know the long term plans for the old apartments that were built in the 1950â??s.

      MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin ordered building inspections at all facilities owned and leased by the University of Missouri-Columbia to ensure their safety.

      A team of engineers hope to complete those inspections by the end of March.