Update: Student commits suicide in Leadership Village

Armando Marin, Online News Editor

Update: 3:28 p.m.

President Michael Fitts identified the student as sophomore Mary Travis from Austin, Texas. Fitts said administrators are maintaining contact and providing support for those close to Travis. 

“A tragedy such as this is the most painful any parent, family or university community can endure,” Fitts said. “We are in continued contact with Mary’s family and all of those close to her and are assisting them in every way we can.”

Fitts said following Thanksgiving break, Tulane will host a university-wide event to raise awareness of student mental health. 

Original story: 

A 19-year-old female student was found dead at 2:07 a.m Saturday in Leadership Village. Tulane University Police Department Superintendent Jon Barnwell confirmed the suicide. A member of the Housing and Residence Life staff confirmed that the parents of the student have been notified.

Updates will be posted as more information is available.

For those in need of help, contact Counseling and Psychological Services at 504-314-2277. The CAPS office, located in the Science and Engineering Complex, is open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. CAPS provides mental health counseling and other related services. 

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-8255.

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