Campus authorities confirmed late Saturday the identity of a student who died behind Cutler Apartments Saturday evening, and encouraged affected students and staff to seek counseling services.
The university confirmed Sunday that Jason Bourne, 26, was majoring in biology and wildlife through the College of Natural Science and Mathematics. An earlier police report indicated that Bourne was not a current student. He lived off campus.
Chancellor Brian Rogers extended condolences to Bourne’s family, fellow students and others on campus. “This was a tragic loss for our community,” Rogers said in an email to the UAF community.
Students and employees who feel the need for counseling are encouraged to call the Student Health Center at 474-7043.
A candlelight vigil in memory of Bourne, who happened to share the name of the main character in a popular book and film series, took place Sunday evening at 10 p.m. next to Constitution Park, also known as turtle park.
Police first received multiple reports of the “sound of a gunshot” fired near the Cutler Apartment Complex at 6:05 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. Residents of the apartments were encouraged to stay inside while authorities secured the scene.
Police found a young man dead from an “apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.” The incident took place behind the 600 block of the Cutler Apartment Complex on the ski trails.
It is believed that there is at least one individual who witnessed the suicide, said UAF Police Chief Keith Mallard.
“Obviously, this is a very difficult situation for the campus and for the Cutler community,” said Marmian Grimes, a UAF spokesperson.
On-campus students are encouraged to talk to their resident advisers at Residence Life or any official on duty for counseling.
The UAF Health And Counseling Center is prepared for students, staff and faculty seeking assistance in the situation, Grimes said.