UConn student pulled from Mirror Lake has died

Published on Tuesday, 21 January 2020 12:35

Chronicle Staff Writer

STORRS - A University of Connecticut student found in the area of Mirror Lake Monday died at Windham Community Memorial Hospital Monday afternoon, according to UConn officials late Tuesday morning.

In an email to students, UConn Associate Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students Eleanor Daugherty said the woman, who UConn officials identified as 19-year-old Tianyin Shang, was in “grave” condition when she was found in a shallow area of the lake Monday.

UConn police and firefighters responded to the incident, which was reported Monday as a “medical emergency.”

UConn Deputy Spokesperson Michael Enright declined to comment this afternoon regarding the nature of the incident.

The Connecticut Medical Examiner’s office will be determining the cause and manner of death.

An employee at the chief medical examiner’s office did not provide information, but said to call later in the day.

“Foul play is not suspected,” the statement sent by Enright said.

Daughterty wrote that, despite every effort to revive her, Shang was pronounced deceased at Windham Hospital Monday afternoon.

“My heart goes out to Tianyin’s family and friends,” UConn President Thomas Katsouleas said in an email to the UConn community.

“I want to thank our public safety, ISSS (International Student and Scholar Services) and Student Affairs staff who are working hard to provide direct support to her family and all those who have been affected by this terrible loss.”

As always, counseling services are available to staff and students who need them.

According to UConn officials, Shang, who is from Shanghai, China, was a second-year student majoring in applied mathematics and was a junior by virtue of number of credits earned.

In addition to UConn police and firefighters, WCMH paramedics were on the scene.

Gilbert Road was closed to traffic while emergency responders were on scene and a UConn officer was turning cars around.

Yellow police tape was up by Mirror Lake.

Mirror Lake is near Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Andre Schenker Lecture Hall and the Jaime Homero Arjona building, as well as several other buildings. The lake borders Route 195.

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Posted in The Bristol Press, General News on Tuesday, 21 January 2020 12:35. Updated: Tuesday, 21 January 2020 12:37.