UPDATE: WVU Police confirm student’s death


WVU’s University Place

UPDATE(April 19, 2021 4:30 p.m.):

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – On Monday, less than a week after Pravecek’s death, a memorial had been erected near the parking garage where he died.

The colorful display features dozens of flowers, some balloons and what seemed to be specific gifts from those who knew him. Those gifts included a rugby ball and ramen noodles.

Police have still not released any further information about this case.

UPDATE(April 16, 2021 6:15 p.m.):

MORGANTOWN, W.Va – West Virginia University Police have confirmed the death of a student on Friday afternoon.

Benjamin Pravecek, a 20-year-old business major from Harpers Ferry, died Friday afternoon, according to a news release.

WVU police officers are continuing their investigation, but early indications suggest no foul play was involved, the release said.

“We are grieving today,” Dean of Students Corey Farris said. “This tragedy reminds us how important the love, care and compassion we share with others can be. We have been in touch with Benjamin’s family and friends to offer our support during this difficult time, and we will continue to provide whatever resources and help are necessary.”

“I want our students to know that we are here for you,” T. Anne Hawkins, clinical director of the Carruth Center, said. “If you need to talk, if you just want someone to be with you or if you know someone who may need support, please know that you are not alone.”

ORIGINAL STORY(April 16, 2021 1:46 p.m.):

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.— West Virginia University Police responded to University Place Friday, just after 12:30 p.m. after reports came in that a person either fell or jumped from the parking garage and landed on the sidewalk below.

No additional information was immediately available. However, officers are continuing to gather information. The area, which was closed to the public initially, has since reopened.

Anyone with information that may assist in the investigation is asked to contact University Police at 304-293-3136.

The university’s Carruth Center offers individual counseling as well as a Crisis Text Line that is available 24 hours, seven days a week. Text WVU to 741741 to reach a live, trained crisis counselor.

Faculty and staff may seek support through the Employee Assistance Program.

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