USA student found dead in dorm room, investigation ongoing – WALA-TV FOX10

Posted: Sunday, March 16, 2014

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – Campus police are investigating the death of a University of South Alabama student. 21-year-old Christopher Thomas, a Dothan native was found dead in his dorm room Saturday morning.  Campus officials say no one knows how he died.

Some students said they  knew something was wrong this morning when they saw emergency vehicles outside their dorm.

“I figured something wasn’t right,” Griff Howie said.

It wasn’t until later that the students received official word that a student had died.

“An about an hour ago we got the email that the man had died,” Howie said

University police were called to a medical emergency at the Gamma 5 residence hall around 7 o’clock Saturday morning.  Police and Mobile Fire Rescue were unable to resuscitate Thomas.

“I don’t know what to think. It’s pretty scary,” another student said.

Police aren’t sure how Thomas died.  University officials say there were not signs of foul play.

“I saw him around school, but I never knew him,” Howie said.

The students we talked with said they didn’t know Thomas personally. However, we did learn Thomas was a member of Jaguar Productions.  It’s a campus group many students are familiar with.

“They’re the biggest thing on campus,” one student said.

“They put on all the campus events.  So, the Harlem Globetrotters were here and Cirque du Soleil. They put all those big events on,” Howie said.

University officials said the body has been turned over to the Mobile County Coroner’s office for an autopsy, to determine the cause of death.


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