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Villanova Undergrad Found Dead in Dorm Room

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Kinara Patel (social media photo)
  • TRENTON, New Jersey, United States

    Authorities are awaiting the autopsy results for Kinara Patel, a Pennsylvania Indian American college student from New Jersey who was found dead in a dorm room late last month.

    Police and Villanova University officials say the 18-year-old sophomore was found on the morning of Aug. 29 in a dorm room at the suburban Philadelphia school.

    School vice president for students John Stack said there were no obvious signs of foul play.

    Police told The Philadelphia Inquirer that Patel is from northern New Jersey. The newspaper reports police said Patel spent the night of Aug. 28 out with friends in nearby Bryn Mawr and that alcohol may have been a factor.

    An autopsy was to be conducted Aug. 30 by the Delaware County medical examiner, but investigators in the Delaware County Medical Examiner's office told the Inquirer that the results were pending as they wait for other procedures, such as toxicology tests, to be completed.

    According to the Inquirer, the university sent an e-mail to faculty, staff and students, informing them of Patel's death. "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," the email said.

    As a student in her Hackensack, N.J., high school, Patel was instrumental in organizing an annual fund-raiser to benefit cancer research — an event that has gone on to be a success since she graduated. 

    According to Russell Davis, principal of Bergen County Academies, Patel displayed dedication and maturity unusual for a teenager. Like those in the Villanova University community, Davis said those in Patel's hometown are devastated by news of her sudden death in the campus dormitory room.

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