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Published On: Fri, Aug 30th, 2013

Kinara Patel identified as Villanova student found dead in the dorm

Villanova University is mourning the death Thursday of an 18-year-old sophomore who was found dead in her dorm, Sullivan Hall.

A fellow student discovered Kinara Patel, of Northern New Jersey, unresponsive in a dormitory room just before 10 a.m. Thursday, said Radnor police Lt. Andy Block.

Kinara Patel

Kinara Patel

Block said at a press conference that his office received a 911 call reporting an “unresponsive female.”

Block said that the death, while not believed to be suspicious, remains under investigation.

Patel, who passed away sometime overnight, had been out with friends the evening before. On whether alcohol was involved, Block only said “there may be indications. We’re still looking into that.”

He later added that there was no indication she committed suicide.

The Delaware County coroner is expected to perform an autopsy Friday morning.

She lived on campus, was a business student at Villanova.

Here’s the statement by Father John Stack, vice president of Student Life

“We are deeply saddened to share with you that an undergraduate student was found deceased this morning in a residence hall. While there are no obvious signs of foul play, we are fully cooperating with local authorities as they further investigate this tragic incident. At this time, we are unable to release the name of the student until we are certain that all family members have been notified. We will share additional information as we are able. All of us here at Villanova are saddened to learn of this tragedy and extend our deepest sympathy and prayers to family and friends of this student.”

Photo screenshot from video coverage: http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Villanova-Student-Found-Dead-in-Dorm-221656581.html

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