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Courtenay Nash of McLean, Va., found dead in Syracuse University dorm room

10:32 PM, Mar 23, 2012   |    comments
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WUSA) -- A Syracuse University student from McLean, Va., was found dead Friday afternoon in a dormitory room, according to media sources.

The student, Courtenay Nash, was found at DellPlain Hall, according to Tom Connellan of the Syracuse Police and Tony Callisto, the university's chief of public safety.

Connellan said the cause of death is unknown but it "is not believed to be criminal in nature."

According to McLean Patch, Nash was a first-year student in the University's College of Arts & Sciences and an economics major.

University Chancellor Nancy Cantor notified students, faculty and staff of Nash's death in an email sent on Friday evening:

"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."

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