Theater student dies suddenly at NCCU

Feb. 10, 2014 @ 11:13 PM

A theater major at N.C. Central University was found dead on Lawson Avenue on Monday evening.

Cause of death wasn’t immediately known, but Chancellor Debra Saunders-White told students, faculty and staff via the university’s website that 20-year-old DeVonte Squire “died suddenly.”

“On behalf of the university community, I extend our deepest condolences and prayers of sympathy to DeVonte’s family and friends,” Saunders-White said.

The university’s Student Health and Counseling Services are available for students in need of assistance. A counselor is available in Ruffin Hall. Also, students can reach an on-call counselor at the NCCU Police Department at 919-530-6106.

The college newspaper, The Campus Echo, reported that Squire’s body was found near the W.G. Pearson cafeteria.

On Twitter, one fellow student posted that Squire “wasn’t hit by a car, he was complaining of a headache & just collapsed.”

Squire posted on his Facebook page on Feb. 7: “I refuse to fit in with the crowd. You lose your identity and it’s too much work, keeping up with the “trends” and stuff. …I love to hear people call me weird and different.”

Saunders-White said that a vigil or memorial service will be planned on campus.


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