UPDATE: Morgantown Police Department identifies WVU student who died in fall


UPDATE (5/11/21 3:55 p.m.):

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Morgantown Police Department has identified a West Virginia University student who died in an incident last Friday.

According to police, the incident happened May 7, at approximately 12:29 a.m., when officers responded to a reported victim of a fall at 475 Baird Street.

Upon arrival, officers saw a man lying on the sidewalk near an apartment complex, the release states. The man, identified as Charles Nelson, 20, of Pikesville, Md., was transported by EMS to Ruby Memorial Hospital.

Officers were later notified that Nelson died from the injuries he sustained.

Detectives of the Morgantown Police Department processed the scene and collected evidence.  At this time there is no indication of foul play, police said. However, the case remains open in an attempt to determine the circumstances that led to the fall.

ORIGINAL STORY (5/11/21 12:13 p.m.):

The Morgantown Police Department is investigating an incident that resulted in the death of a West Virginia University student.

According to the City of Morgantown, the student, a man, died in an incident that happened at Central Place Apartments on Baird Street.

WVU released the following statement on the incident.

“Any time a member of our University family passes away, we feel the loss deeply and mourn together as a campus community. The Morgantown Police Department notified us of an off-campus incident which resulted in the death of a student, and we are working with the department as its investigation continues.

 We have reached out to the student’s family to offer support and assistance. We also want students on and off campus to know that counselors are available through the Carruth Center right now for anyone who needs to talk. The phone number is tel:304-293-4431, or students may also choose to text WVU to 741741 to reach the Crisis Text Line. The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program is also available to provide support to WVU employees.”

West Virginia University statement

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