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2 freshmen reported dead in CSU dorms in past 2 weeks

Students walk on the campus of Colorado State University in Fort Collins. (Photo: Facebook / Colorado State University)

Students walk on the campus of Colorado State University in Fort Collins. (Photo: Facebook / Colorado State University)

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A pair of first year students at Colorado State University have been found dead in their dorm rooms in the past two weeks, according to a note sent to students by administrators this week.

While the note contained sparse information about the deaths, it did confirm that “based on thorough investigations by CSUPD and the Larimer County Coroner’s Office, neither death involved foul play.”

One death, the note indicated, was a suicide, and the cause of the second death remains unknown, pending an investigation. The identity of both students has not yet been released.

“The university will not be releasing details about how the individuals died, out of respect for the families,” the note read. “But we want to assure you that the investigations indicate no reason for community members to be concerned about their safety.”

At times, the note, which was signed by the university’s president Tony Frank, seemed like less of an announcement and more like a memo to grieving students.

“Today, many on our campus are struggling with anger, guilt, sorrow, questions, and even fear,” the letter read. “Some of you are worried. Others want to know what the University can and should be doing to honor these students and help others in need.”

One of the central themes in Frank’s letter was a plea to students.

“Ask for help when you’re hurting. Take care of yourselves and each other – and tell someone when you have concerns for a friend who’s struggling,” Frank wrote. “Understand and never forget that you are important and have value, not just to your families and our University community but to our world.”

6 comments

  • kim2kris

    How very sad! Young ones, please do remember that you are important. Problems can be resolved. Choose your own way and ask for help. There are so many people available to help. A lot of good people want to be there for you. If you are not close to your family, just reach out until you find someone. Good people are everywhere!

  • Anonymous

    “Understand and never forget that you are important and have value, not just to your families and our University community but to our world.”

    It’s true. You are revenue for the Feds, State and Universities. This is why suicide is illegal. They’re not upset about losing the the personality, just the $$$.

  • CSU employee

    I work at CSU and I don’t think it’s true that the university cares only about the $$$ and not the actual students themselves. Flags will fly at half-mast for three days, plus other things that are being done.

  • David

    As a parent of a CSU student, I received the letters from Dr. Tony Frank. They certainly were not about the money, but about the personal value of human beings. True, government entities want and need money, but that kind of critique seems out of place here.

  • Mariah Canfield-Jones

    As someone who lost a friend in college in a similar fashion, I feel so horrible about this, my heart goes out to the families and friends of these two people, and I hope they get a lot of support and prayers. T_T

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