The Duquesne University community is deeply saddened by the tragedy that occurred on campus on Thursday, Oct. 4, during which Marquis Jaylen Brown, a student athlete on the University's football team, died after a fall from the 16th floor of Brottier Hall.

Upon Marquis's death on Friday, Oct. 5, the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police took over the investigation per Duquesne University policy. The Bureau issued a news release, which can be found by clicking here, detailing events surrounding the tragic incident.

The thoughts and prayers of the entire University go out to Marquis's family, friends, teammates and coaches during this time of great sadness.

The University's focus remains on fostering support and healing among the students, faculty and staff affected by this tragedy. Counseling services continue to be available to the Duquesne community through the Counseling and Wellbeing Center, with support from the Duquesne Psychology Clinic, as well as support from members of Spiritan Campus Ministry.


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February 04, 2019