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Gannon Student Found in Cardiac Arrest Dies

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A young woman found in cardiac arrest in an alley off West 12th Street has died, and WICU12/SEE News has confirmed that she is a Gannon University student.

Rescuers responded to the call around 4:00 PM for a woman in cardiac arrest.  Sources say a fellow student administered CPR, until rescuers arrived and transported the woman to the hospital.

The 21-year-old Gannon student was found outside in an alleyway off 12th Street alongside a former city of Erie firehouse, just east of the MacDonald's restaurant at 12th and Sassafras Street.She was wearing only a tank top, black jeans, and boots. 

A witnesses who was among the group that found her, tell us she appeared to have suffered bruises around her shoulders, and she was cold.  "As soon as we spotted her my friends ran toward her, she was down in a position as if she was thrown or left there," said Ken Richardson.  "We've been through this parking lot all day, and she wasn't here, this just happened, she was cold and didn't have a pulse."

Richardson also said there was blood at the scene, "...and as soon as police arrived, they told us to leave because this is a crime scene."

Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook confirmed Saturday night that the victim died at UPMC Hamot, but would not comment on the cause of death until he can confer with Erie Police detectives working on the case.  Police officials on duty, would not say if they are treating the death as a homicide, a fall or an accident. 

Police did say the woman may have been at a party in that area last night, and that they have been conducting interviews with other who attended.

Gannon University officials released a statement late Saturday,  "It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of one of our students. At this time we are asking for your prayers for the victim and her family and that you respect the family and their privacy."


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