Central Connecticut State University Student Dies Suddenly

Community members are mourning the loss of a Central Connecticut State University student who died suddenly.

"I regret to inform you that student James Reid died on Friday, April 10," CCSU spokesman Mark Warren McLaughlin wrote in an email to students on Monday afternoon. "On behalf of the University we have extended our deepest sympathies to his family. The University has offered counseling services to his campus friends in dealing with his untimely loss."

McLaughlin said Reid's roommate found him unresponsive in his dorm room in Carroll Hall around 10:45 p.m. on Thursday.

Reid was a 20-year-old senior majoring in sociology and switching to criminology. He died days before his 21st birthday.

"Just a couple days ago, I had talked to him for a little bit, and next thing you know, there are cop cars outside and an ambulance, and we learn that he's gone," CCSU sophomore Chris Hageman said. "I was pretty shaken up by it."

Campus police are investigating, but McLaughlin said Reid's death does not appear suspicious. School officials are awaiting a report from the medical examiner's office.

"It's always shocking when you find out someone passed away in your dorm room," CCSU freshman Alfredo Porta said. "A lot of kids are talking about it."

Grief counselors were available at Barrows Hall on Tuesday, according to McLaughlin. Students can also set up an appointment to speak with a counselor at Student Wellness Services by calling 860-832-1945.

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