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Campus community informed of student death

An email was sent out to students and staff Friday afternoon

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By Hayley Johnson, Managing Editor

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The University of Massachusetts campus and community were informed of the death of a student by email Friday afternoon.

According to an email from Student Affairs and Campus Life and Dean of Students Cara Appel-Silbaugh, Gabrielle Bryan was a junior psychology major from Bronx, New York.

“On behalf of UMass, we extend our deepest condolences to Gabrielle’s family and friends who are mourning her untimely death,” Appel-Silbaugh said in the email.

The email does not include a cause of death.

Ed Blaguszewski, executive director of strategic communications at UMass said the details included in the email will likely be the extent of information released on the matter to the campus from Appel-Silbaugh.

Hayley Johnson can be reached at [email protected]

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2 Responses to “Campus community informed of student death”

  1. Linda Isbell on February 10th, 2018 4:12 pm

    Gabby was a brilliant and beautiful student in my class this past fall. So sad to hear this news – she will be greatly missed by all those in the psych department who were so fortunate to have her in their classes and who got to know her. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends.

  2. Ed on February 12th, 2018 12:44 pm

    It needs to be done tastefully but cause of death is public information for a reason — it helps prevent others from dying. Car seats for small children are a good example of this, it took the media reporting on children dying in minor accidents for other parents to realize they needed to have car seats for their kids.

    The student body needs to be told why she died — both to control rumors and to prevent others from dying from the same thing, to the extent it can be.

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