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Bucknell University Mourns Loss of NJ Student Found Dead in Fraternity

A 22-year-old political science student from New Jersey was discovered deceased in his fraternity house at Bucknell University, just a few weeks before his anticipated graduation.

Twin Lakes, New Jersey, was declared deceased at 1:50 p.m. on Saturday at the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity on University Avenue in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, as reported by the Tribune-Democrat.

“This is an unimaginable loss for the Bucknell community, and our thoughts are with Christian’s family and friends,” expressed college president John Bravman in a statement. “I want to emphasize that his passing was unrelated to last night’s active shooter alert and campus lockdown, and there are no suspicious circumstances. I urge all Bucknellians to stand together during this challenging period and keep Christian’s family in their thoughts.”

Union County Coroner Dominick Adamo stated that an investigation is underway, with an autopsy scheduled for Tuesday. Bravman also announced the cancellation of classes on Monday, with counselors and campus chaplains available to students.

“The safety and well-being of our students are paramount,” assured Bravman to the college community. “We are making every effort to support our students during this trying time. Counseling services are accessible for any student requiring assistance, and our staff and faculty are ready to provide guidance.”

An alert was issued at 1:47 p.m. Saturday regarding an investigation at 78 University Ave., the location of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity at the private liberal arts school situated about 60 miles north of Harrisburg, the state capital, according to the Tribune-Democrat.

Bucknell spokesman Mike Ferlazzo confirmed to USA Today that Samay was a senior.

Details about the exact location of his body’s discovery or the suspected cause of his death were not disclosed by the school.

“Our student body is deeply affected by the events of the past day,” shared student Amaya Becker on Facebook. “While plans are still developing, students are coming together to organize a vigil on the campus quad to honor his memory.”

According to his LinkedIn account, Samay was on the verge of graduating with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He had completed internships at M&T Bank in Baltimore, investment firm KBW in Florham Park, New Jersey, and Digital Capital Advisors in New York City.

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