Death at University of Arizona

by Doug Zanes | Last Updated: February 9, 2016

Death at University of Arizona

Last week a hushed and frightened atmosphere hovered over the University of Arizona as hundreds of cops swarmed the large campus in an investigation of a death.

It is the worst of our fears realized both as students and as parents

University police say they received calls at about 7 a.m. Tuesday about a body at the bottom of a stairwell inside the Henry Koffler Building.

Police said Tuesday afternoon in a statement there are no criminal indications and they are investigating the death as a suicide.

Police have not released the student’s name but the student’s parents have been informed of the tragedy.

A lab manager at the Koffler building says she saw the body on the ground with blood around it, according to the Associated Press.

There is no immediate information on the how the death occurred.

Earlier this month, Arizona State University reported that a former student was found dead and a current student died during the first week of the semester.

Former student Thomas Wagoner, 20, was found by ASU police while current student Jelissa Ruiz, 20, was found dead by ASU police the next day. Police said there were no signs of foul play in either death.

On Jan. 16, a 19-year-old ASU student from China, Yue Jiang, was killed in a Tempe fender-bender that apparently escalated into a homicide. The shooting shocked members the Chinese student community at ASU. (LINK ARTICLE HERE)

The university offers counseling services as well as support groups, he said.

“We need to be listening, very closely, to students who may need help,”  he said.

The UA also has counseling services available for faculty, staff and students who may need assistance.


Doug Zanes: Founding Attorney Raised in Douglas, Arizona, and went to college at Arizona State University and graduated from law school at St. Mary’s University School of Law in Texas. Doug began practicing law in Phoenix Arizona in 1997.
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