George Washington University President Steven Knapp released a statement Friday morning announcing the tragic loss of yet another student. Ben Asma, a first-year honors student majoring in biomedical engineering, lived in West Hall on the Mount Vernon Campus. The university said that there is no evidence that his death was caused by a criminal act.

The announcement of Asma’s death follows news of 21-year-old senior Lynley Redwood‘s demise. Redwood was found dead in her West Hall dorm room early Tuesday morning on the Mount Vernon Campus. The deceased was a chemistry major and a 2010 graduate of Bryn Mawr School for Girls in Baltimore.

Officers from the University Police Department report that they found Redwood unconscious in her residence around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning after her mother contacted the police to tell them she had not heard from her daughter. Police did not find any evidence of foul play.

If you, or someone you know needs support during this difficult time, help is available on both the Foggy Bottom and the Mount Vernon Campuses through the University Counseling Center. They have increased their counseling hours at West Hall to accommodate all affected. You can contact the center at 202-994-5300 or online here.


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