Notre Dame mourns death of student

by Paul Browne

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Jake Scanlan, a University of Notre Dame junior from North Potomac, Maryland, died Wednesday (Nov. 11) in his room in Siegfried Hall. He was 20, majoring in mechanical engineering.

“On behalf of the entire University, I extend my deepest condolences and heartfelt prayers to Jake’s family and friends, and to his parents especially. I pray that they may find some solace in God’s grace, and support through Jake’s extended Notre Dame family. We mourn with them on this tragic occasion,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University.

Scanlan was discovered unresponsive in bed by his roommate at approximately 7:30 a.m. Immediate attempts to resuscitate by fellow students, including an emergency medical technician, and subsequently by responding emergency personnel were unavailing. There were no signs of trauma or other indications of foul play.

St. Joseph County Coroner Michael O’Connell, who responded to the residence hall this morning, will make a determination as to cause of death.

The University Counseling Center and Campus Ministry are available to offer their support to members of the Notre Dame community. A memorial Mass will take place at 9 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 12) in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Father Jenkins will preside.