Campus ‘saddened’ by loss, suicide prevention discussed


MACOMB, Illinois (NEWS3) — A wellness check was conducted on a student at 3:10 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 7, according to the Western Illinois’ Office of Public Safety. When the officers arrived, the student was unresponsive. The student was pronounced deceased by the McDonough County Coroner at 3:33 p.m. 

The death is under investigation by the Office of Public Safety and the McDonough County Coroner’s Office, according to Derek Watts, the director of the office of public safety. No foul play is indicated. The initial investigation indicated that the student died by suicide, according to a release from Western Illinois University. 

A release was sent out at 5:28 p.m. on Feb. 7 where a statement from WIU President Guiyou Huang stated, “We are incredibly saddened by the sudden loss of one of our students. Our University counseling staff members are available for any University community member who wishes assistance. For any student struggling, please know you are not alone. We have people here who will help you.” 

WIU students have been sharing a graphic via social media with numbers to call if anyone needs  help. Students can reach out to the University Counseling Center at (309) 298-2453, as well as call theNational Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-TALK (8255) or dial 988.

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