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Virginia State Police: 19-year-old found dead in JMU dorm Thursday

Crystal Graham
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A 19-year-old male was found dead in a James Madison University dormitory Thursday morning at 2:30 a.m.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our students. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and loved ones,” said Mary-Hope Vass, University spokesperson. “This is a tragic loss to our campus community, and we offer our condolences to those grieving.”

The James Madison University Police Department has requested the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Culpeper field office conduct a death investigation. Vass said this is “standard protocol.”

The death does not appear to be suspicious in nature, according to VSP. Vass said there is no threat to the safety of the JMU campus.

JMU has support services in place for students, faculty and staff to provide resources, Vass said.

The investigation is ongoing.

Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.