Memorial service set for UNC student

Feb. 25, 2013 @ 05:58 PM

A memorial service has been scheduled today in Wilmington for Stedman Gage, the UNC junior who was found dead Friday.

The service will be at St. James Episcopal Church on 25 South Third Street at 11a.m. 

Gage, 22, the son of Hannah Gage, a past chairwoman of the UNC Board of Governors, was found dead in his apartment Friday shortly after 11 p.m.

The cause of death was not immediately known and an autopsy has been ordered.

 “It doesn’t seem to be anything intentional or self-inflicted or inflicted by someone else,” said Sgt. Josh Mecimore, a spokesman with the Chapel Hill Police Department. “The only thing we know so far is there were no signs of foul play.”

Mecimore said it is difficult to say when the autopsy will be completed.

Gage, a Wilmington native, is the fourth UNC student to die unexpectedly this academic year.

The other three include Faith Hedgepeth, 19, a junior from Warrenton, was found killed in her apartment in September; Trevor Dolan, 21, a native of Ventura Calif., who friends told The Daily Tar Heel committed suicide; and David Shannon, 18, a freshman from Charlotte, who was found dead at a concrete plant in Carrboro after reportedly falling off of machinery.

Hedgepeth’s death has not been solved.

The Gage family will receive friends following the service in Lee Parish Hall.

A private interment for the family will occur in the St. Francis Garden at St. James Parish.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Episcopal High School in Alexandria Virginia and St. James Church.

Condolences may be sent to the family at