Preliminary reports show Jaykwantay Girley, an 18-year-old University of Central Arkansas student who was found Wednesday in a Hughes Hall residential restroom, died from a ruptured cerebral aneurysm, Faulkner County coroner Patrick Moore said.
Moore said Girley’s history showed no medical problems and described the freshman as a “typical 18-year-old.”
“If there are no symptoms, (an aneurysm) can go undiscovered,” Moore said.
UCA police officers, Metropolitan Emergency Medical Services (MEMS) and the Conway Fire Department responded around 8 a.m. to a report of an unconscious male in the restroom, the UCA Police Department said in a statement Wednesday.
A candlelight vigil at UCA’s amphitheater was held Thursday night to honor Girley. A university statement released Friday indicated approximately 200 students, faculty and staff attended.
“A young life with a world of potential was cut short this week,” President Tom Courtway said in the statement. “Last night’s candlelight vigil, in honor of JJ, was an outpouring of love and caring for the Girley family for their loss and the loss of a member of the UCA family.
“We once again extend our deepest condolences to his mother and family and will continue to keep them in our thoughts and prayers.”
Rush Collegiate Ministries is hosting a pancake supper fundraiser from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday at Christian Cafeteria on the UCA campus. Tickets are $5 and all proceeds go to Girley’s family.
Tickets can be purchased from Jayme Millsap Stone, Director of Learning Communities, firstname.lastname@example.org or 450-5148 and various locations on campus Friday and Saturday.
Counselors are still available for students, faculty and staff, the university said.
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