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Alcohol-Related Student Deaths-Fall 2015

Presented below is an unfortunate tabulation of alcohol related campus deaths reported in the media for the fall 2015 semester.  For every deceased student listed, at least three other college students are reported to have died, although the tragedy's connection to alcohol was unclear in media reports.

The information supplied for each victim is a tabulation of media reports. The circumstances and causes of the tragedies are summarized within the listing with more details contained in the associated link. 

 

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Ryan McMillan, 21, December 27, 2015, University of North Texas More Information Ryan was fatally shot by a campus police officer early Sunday repeatedly shouted “shoot me” while walking toward the officer with an ax.  His blood-alcohol concentration level was 0.21 percent.  A family attorney conceded that he was intoxicated and committed vandalism prior to confronting the police but that this was no reason to shoot him.
Jeffrey Thomas Engler, 23, Visiting Former Student, December 19, 2015, UC Berkeley More Information Jeffrey lost his live while visiting friends in a fraternity at his former campus at Berkeley.  Jeffrey apparently fell from the roof of the fraternity.  He had been found alive after the fall but was only helped inside since his helpers thought he was only drunk, but not hurt.  Authorities referenced alcohol as a significant contributing factor.
Paul Michael McGuinness Jr., December 17, 2015, Virginia Commonwealth University More Information Paul lost his life leaving a bar early one morning.   He was missing for a few days, but was eventually found in a stairwell outside a bar where he apparently accidently fell.  
Sean Hudson, 26, December 12, 2015, University of Colorado Boulder More Information Sean was murdered by a fellow student at the culmination of a dispute that began in a bar.  The trial of the suspect, who is claiming self defense, is pending.  The media report has not yet reported the alcohol levels of either party, but the accused murder reportedly told police that “I was drunk."
Austin Singletary 22, November 25, 2015, Ohio State University More Information Austin lost his life from a broken neck when participating in an annual lake jump.  Police investigation found that numerous students were drinking heavily and for hours before the traditional cold-weather lake jump.  His blood-alcohol content was 0.18 when Austin jumped.
Kellie Fullilove, 19, November 15, 2015, Florida International University More Information Kellie lost her life from an alcohol and drug overdose while at a fraternity party.  She had a .50 blood alcohol count and cocaine in her system.
Anthony Urena, 23, November 14, 2015, Lehman College More Information Anthony lost his life by drowning after leaving a night club.  He was missing for 6 weeks but his body was eventually found in the Hudson River.   Authorities stated that he was intoxicated when last seen prior to the accident.
Jack Godfrey, November 6, 2015 (injured in March 2013), University of Maryland More Information Jack lost is life from the effects of an injury suffered during a student brawl which occurred in March, 2013.   Jack was suckered punched during the brawl and hit his head when he fell. The injuries lingered until his demise.   The brawl occurred outside a bar whose patrons were largely students.
Kyle Noble, 22, October 31, 2015, University of Minnesota Duluth More Information Kyle lost his life by drowning in a creek after slipping and falling about 75 feet.  Authorities stated that Kyle was drinking and that alcohol was a factor in the accident.
Mani Ericksen, 20, October 24, 2015, Fort Lewis College More Information Mani lost her life after becoming unconscious after a night of drinking with friends.  She had a blood-alcohol level of 0.38 when she was admitted to the hospital.
Horace Miller Sproull IV, 20, October 11, 2015, University of South Carolina Upstate More Information Horace lost his life in an automobile crash where three other students died.  The driver, who was also a student, had a blood alcohol level of 0.122.   Horace’s blood alcohol level was 0.126.
James Campbell, 20, October 11, 2015, University of South Carolina Upstate More Information James lost his life in an automobile accident where he was the driver and three other students died.   He had a blood alcohol level of 0.122
Joshua Lee, 20, October 11, 2015, University of South Carolina Upstate More Information Joshua lost his life in an automobile crash where three other students died.  The driver, who was also a student, had a blood alcohol level of 0.122.
Sarah Vande Berg, 21, October 11, 2015, University of South Carolina Upstate More Information Sarah lost her life in an automobile crash where three other students died.  The driver, who was also a student, had a blood alcohol level of 0.122.   Sarah’s blood alcohol level was 0.13.
Colin Brough, October 9, 2015, Northern Arizona University More Information Colin was fatally shot by a fellow student on campus. Three fellow students were wounded.  Two separate student groups got into a confrontation, the confrontation turned physical.  Reports stated that the student shooter was confronted after midnight by a group of students, some of them said to be drunk and angry, and the shooter felt the need to defend himself.
Evan Gillies, 21, August 30, 2015, SUNY Plattsburgh More Information Evan drowned after jumping from a bridge into a river.  An autopsy determined there was alcohol and drugs in his body at the time of the jump.
 
   
 
 

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