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Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Syracuse University Chancellor Nancy Cantor has identified the student who was found dead at DellPlain Hall on Friday afternoon as Courtenay Nash, of McLean, Virginia. Nash was a first year student in the College of Arts & Sciences, majoring in economics.
A significant police presence gathered at the residence hall after Nash was found dead at around 4:30 p.m.
Police say they do not know the cause of Nash's death.
Syracuse Police Sgt. Tom Connellan said they do not believe the incident is criminal in nature.
Approximately 12 police patrol cars were on the scene. City police are working with Syracuse University's public safety officers.Below is a letter sent to the university community from Chancellor Nancy Cantor:
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
I am profoundly saddened to inform you of the loss of Syracuse University student Courtenay Nash, who passed away unexpectedly earlier today. Coming to SU from McLean, Virginia, Courtenay was a resident of Dellplain Hall and first-year student in The College of Arts & Sciences, majoring in economics.
Our hearts are with Courtenay’s family, friends near and far, and all members of the SU community whose lives she touched.
Losing a member of our campus family is so painful. As surely as it affects us all, it can affect each of us differently. As we reach out to comfort each other, we should remember that we have avenues including the Counseling Center (443-4715), Hendricks Chapel (443-2901) and the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (443-1087), which are available to anyone who feels a need for support. In addition, Hendricks Chapel will be open tonight from 7-9 p.m. for quiet thought and reflection.
Our thoughts are with Courtenay’s loved ones and all of those connected to her at this very difficult time.