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WSU student found dead in dorm identified

The student was identified as 19-year-old Luke Morgan Tyler of Redmond

PULLMAN, Wash. — A Washington State University (WSU) student was found dead in his dorm room on Jan. 22.

The student was identified as 19-year-old Luke Morgan Tyler.

WSU Police Chief Gary Jenkins confirmed that a student died over the weekend at WSU. Jenkins could not release the cause of death but said any assumptions are premature. 

Police also say there's no evidence of foul play involved in Tyler's death.

The WSU Police Department is working with the Whitman County Coroner to investigate and determine the circumstances surrounding Tyler's death, according to Jenkins.

"It’s worth mentioning that there has been a significant amount of conjecture regarding the circumstances surrounding this incident and the actual cause of the student’s passing. I would caution the public against speculation at this point in the investigation," said Phil Weiler, Vice President at Washington State University. "The facts in this case are still being gathered. It could be several weeks before the coroner’s office determines the cause and manner of death. We want to ensure that the investigation can proceed unimpeded."

A GoFundMe has been started for Tyler to help his family with funeral expenses.

WSU Chancellor Elizabeth S. Chilton released this statement following the news of Tyler's death:

"Dear Cougs,

I continue to be heartbroken over the student death that occurred in a residence hall on our campus over the weekend. The loss of a member of our Cougar family creates a tremendous loss for all of us, and I want to extend my deepest condolences to the student’s family, friends, classmates, and fellow Cougs.

In the tragic case of any student death, WSU has a strict protocol to follow with procedures that were put in place out of respect for both the families and the investigative process. Arguably the most important element of this protocol is the direct outreach from our Dean of Students Office to the family and friends of the decedent. I’m very thankful for the incredible work and ongoing support services provided by our Dean of Students in this case, and overall.

WSU Pullman will not release any information about the individual until details have been coordinated with the family and the Whitman County Coroner’s Office. We will always maintain a high level of respect for both the families and investigative process, and will not disclose any information that could inadvertently disrupt this process.

I understand that during trying times a lack of information often leads to confusion and questions. I urge everyone to avoid speculation about this incident so that the investigation may proceed unimpeded. We anticipate that the coroner’s office will release more information, including the cause and manner of death, in the coming weeks.

As we all process this tragic incident, I want to remind everyone that we are here for you, and that support services are available. Please visit our Crisis Support Resources page to learn more."

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information is made available.

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