Tragically, a student of Washington State University was found dead in his dorm room on January 22nd 2023. While the exact cause of death has yet to be determined, WSU Police Chief Gary Jenkins has confirmed that there is no evidence of foul play and that the Whitman County Coroner is closely working with the police department to investigate and determine the true circumstances surrounding the student’s death. To respect Tyler’s life as well as his family and friends during this difficult time, Chief Jenkins urges individuals to refrain from making premature assumptions or speculations about what happened.
WSU Chancellor Elizabeth S. Chilton statement regarding the Tyler’s death:
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 the investigative process, and will not disclose any information that could inadvertently disrupt this process.
Our sincerest thoughts are with those affected by this tragedy.
His Family & Friends started GoFundme campaign for his last ceremony, please contribute & support to the family in this hard time.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information is made available.