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Updated: Self-inflicted gunshot victim identified as current student

As of Sunday, April 27, this article has been updated to reflect the most current information:

 

JR Ancheta/ Sun Star Contributor 

April 26, 2014

 

26-year-old Jason Bourne died after committing suicide on campus Saturday evening at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He was found lying face up behind the 600 block of the Cutler Apartment Complex on the ski trails, according to UAF Police Chief Keith Mallard.

Bourne was a current UAF student studying biology, although initial reports said that he was not enrolled this semester. Bourne’s name is identical to the name of the main character in a popular movie series.

Authorities responded to the scene around 6:10 p.m. and secured the area. The UAFPD received calls from multiple residents who heard a possible gunshot on campus near the ski trails. It is believed that there is at least one person that witnessed the suicide, Mallard said.

“Obviously, this is a very difficult situation for the campus and for the Cutler community,” Grimes said.

The UAF Health and Counseling Center is prepared for students, staff and faculty seeking assistance in the situation, Grimes said.

On-campus students are encouraged to talk to their resident advisers at Residence Life or any official on duty for counseling.

Off-campus students are encouraged to call UAFPD at 474-7721 for counseling services.

 

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