Students concerned about death on YSU campus

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State University students expressed shock when they learned that a man was found dead on campus Friday.

YSU officials said the body was found outside Stambaugh Stadium.

Although the university would not identify the deceased pending the notification of family members, officials said the victim was neither a student nor an employee of the university.

Students and employees were notified about the death through a campus alert system.

“It is with great sadness that we report the death of an individual on campus this afternoon,” the alert noted. “YSU police have confirmed that the individual died outside Stambaugh Stadium.

“The thoughts and prayers of the entire YSU community are with the family and friends of the deceased,” the alert stated.

Mark Shannon, 28, of Vienna,was saddened when he learned of the death.

Although there has been no confirmation on the cause of death, Shannon said he hopes people who may be suicidal reach out to others for help during their depression.

“As a survivor, I know the importance of finding someone to talk to and seek help,” Shannon said.

Shannon, a YSU graduate, is taking graduate classes in preparation for his master’s degree.

Christopher McComas, 26, a senior, said the death is a reminder of the unpredictability of life.

“This reminds us that we have to make the most of whatever we are doing because you just don’t know what may happen,” McComas said.

Tyshae Williams, 18, of Cleveland, said hearing about a death on the YSU campus is especially sad.

“You just don’t expect something like this to happen here,” she said. “I’m praying for the person’s family and loved ones.”

Student counseling is available at University Counseling Services at Jones Hall, said Ron Cole, a YSU spokesperson. Counseling for YSU employees is available by contacting the IMPACT Solutions EAP and Work Life program.