Published On: Sat, Feb 6th, 2016

Luke Gabbert identified as Ohio college student found dead

A body was found close to the Ohio Wesleyan University campus Saturday morning and has now been Luke Anthony Gabbert.

Gabbert, 19, is freshmen soccer player at OWU and was found in the Delaware Run creek off of South Franklin Street in Delaware. The cause of death is currently unknown, but an autopsy is scheduled and authorities noted that “foul play is not suspected.”

Luke Gabbert

Luke Gabbert

Clergy from the chaplain’s office and counselors were to be available at the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. (see the school’s full statement below)

Saturday night, tributes from friends and former teammates poured in for him on social media:

Parents aren’t supposed to bury their children. RIP Luke.

Luke, you are loved and you will be missed.

The world can be a cruel place. Never take a day for granted.

Gabbert wanted to do well at everything, Martin said, and he had worked hard at growing up: “It’s a loss that will take a long time to get over.”

The campus sent the following message to students on Saturday:

Dear OWU Community,

It is with a heavy heart that I write today to share news of the death of Ohio Wesleyan student Luke Gabbert, a freshman from Lewis Center, Ohio.

Luke’s body was discovered off campus earlier today in a small creek. Foul play doesn’t appear to be indicated, and the incident is under investigation by the Delaware Police Department.

This is an exceptionally sad and difficult moment for the Ohio Wesleyan family. To ensure we are supporting each other, members of our Chaplain’s Office and Counseling Services staff will be in Hamilton-Williams Campus Center from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. today.

Please join me in sending our deepest sympathies to Luke’s family and his many friends among the campus community. We will share information about services when available.

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