ECU identifies student found dead in residence hall


GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) –  The East Carolina University student found dead in her residence hall Wednesday afternoon has been identified by the university as Simmie Byrd of Raleigh.

Byrd was a freshman majoring in biology with a leadership minor, according to the university.

At about 3:15 p.m., Byrd was found unresponsive by her roommate in their room in Jarvis Residence Hall.

ECU police do not suspect foul play in the student’s death but are still investigating.

“We’re just trying to let science take its course and help determine what the cause of death was,” said ECU police Chief Jon Barnwell. “We’re a close-knit community here at ECU, so we just want to make sure everybody understands that there are resources available for assistance through our counselor center if needed.”

The ECU Counseling Center is available Monday-Friday with walk-in hours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or through the 24-hour hotline 252-328-6661 (press 2 if after hours) for students seeking counseling.

“I am deeply saddened by the sudden loss of one of our students. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends,” said Dr. Virginia Hardy, vice chancellor for student affairs.



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