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Saturday, December 09, 2023

University Police investigate student death, no foul play suspected

University Police is investigating the death of a UF student that occurred in North Hall on Wednesday morning.

Some time after noon Wednesday, University Police were called to North Hall, which is a pre-health living learning community in the Tolbert Area. University Police spokesman Maj. Brad Barber confirmed the death of the student, who police hadn’t named as of press time.

Barber said no foul play is suspected. Police are still investigating the incident.

UF spokeswoman Janine Sikes said the student was a microbiology freshman from the Tampa area.

In an email to UF parents and families sent by Jen Day Shaw, associate vice president and dean of students, she wrote on behalf of his parents, "He prematurely ended his life due to a struggle from inside."

UF administration and staff from the Counseling and Wellness Center spoke to students Wednesday night in North Library and encouraged them to seek help and assistance from resources on campus, including the Counseling and Wellness Center.

"Sometimes when people are struggling very mightily, they also may not exhibit some signs that others would view as being a sign," said Lisa Diekow, director of Housing for Residence Life and Education.

"Every Gator counts."

As of press time, no official report has been released with details about the incident.

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