Dear FSU Faculty, Staff and Students:
It is with much sadness that I must tell you that one of our beloved students, Kortneigh McCoy, died early this morning from injuries sustained as the result of an assault off-campus before 2 a.m. Saturday morning. We offer our deepest condolences to Kortneigh's family and friends, and we ask you to keep them in your thoughts and prayers and offer them support in these difficult days to come.
Kortneigh was a sophomore, an RA in Simpson Hall and a member of Unified Voices Under God's Dominion. She was a Physics Major and a member of the University Chorale.
The Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation unit (C3I) continue their investigation at this hour. We will continue to pass along updates as they become available to us. Please make it your priority to wait for the facts. Rumors and misinformation are not helpful and, in fact, can take on a life of their own. Thank you for being sensitive to this very important request.
Counselors from FSU's Counseling and Psychological Services, as well as the campus chaplains, will be available to speak to anyone who wishes to talk. Call 301-687-4234 to be put in touch with a counselor.
Finally, I want to ask the entire university community to look out for one another as we begin to cope with this tragedy. These are sad times, and Kortneigh's loved ones will need all our support.
There are not enough words to truly address this senseless tragedy. Nothing comes from violence and we all have a responsibility to teach about and work toward peace. There are better ways to resolve conflicts than hurting each other. We will continue our efforts toward that end at FSU and ask that you be a part of peaceful resolution today. Please take a moment to stop, reflect and remember — be it through prayer or mindful contemplation. This is the best way to show respect to Kortneigh and to those who love her. And it underscores my belief in our ability to embrace and achieve the highest level of humanity and morality as individuals. Thank you.
Jonathan Gibralter, President
Frostburg State University