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Tragedy Strikes Columbus State University Campus

In a shocking turn of events, Columbus State University (CSU) is reeling from the devastating news of an apparent homicide-suicide involving two of its students. The incident occurred near the main campus, sending shockwaves through the university community and beyond.

 Muscogee County Coroner Confirms Homicide-Suicide

Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan has confirmed that the victims are Gisela Pierce, aged 20, and Nathaniel Janik, aged 25. According to Bryan, Pierce was discovered lifeless in a vehicle, while Janik’s body was found on the ground adjacent to the car. The incident took place around 10:40 a.m., leaving the entire campus in disbelief.

Autopsy Planned for Deceased Students

To shed light on the circumstances surrounding this tragic event, an autopsy is scheduled to be conducted on both Pierce and Janik. This step aims to uncover crucial details and provide insights into what transpired on that fateful morning.

University Responds Promptly

CSU swiftly responded to the incident, releasing a statement expressing their deep concern. The university was informed of a “gun-related incident” at approximately 10:10 a.m. near the vicinity of Lenoir Annex on the Main Campus. The statement further revealed that Columbus State University Police, in collaboration with the Columbus Police Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, are actively investigating the matter.

 Campus Activities Halted

In the wake of this distressing incident, CSU has taken the precautionary measure of canceling all campus-wide extracurricular activities. Assistant Vice-President of University Operation Steve Morse confirmed this step as the university community grapples with the shock and sorrow caused by the tragedy.

CSU Community Stands United

Columbus State University, established in 1958 and home to approximately 8,500 students, stands united in the face of this heartbreaking event. Situated in the heart of Columbus, Georgia, CSU has always been a haven for education and growth. Despite the shocking turn of events, students express that they still feel relatively safe on campus.

Amid the tragedy, the CSU student body remains resilient. Freshman Nate Eroh, residing near the incident’s location, shared his perspective. “It’s scary, but, like, at the same time, there’s nothing we can do at this point,” Eroh said. “I still feel pretty safe, it’s just kinda weird seeing all the tape and the cops.”

A Call for an End to Violence

Ezra Otersen, a CSU student from Columbus, voiced his dismay over the recurring violence in the area. “It’s absolutely terrible,” he lamented. “And I’m from Columbus and so I’m sort of like desensitized to all the violence in the area.”

For CSU student Joshua Glass, despite residing near the incident site, a sense of safety prevails. “Overall, I feel safe even though it happened so close to my living quarters, but at the same time, you know, incidents will happen once in a while,” Glass asserted.

As Columbus State University grapples with the aftermath of this tragedy, the community’s strength and unity will undoubtedly play a pivotal role in the healing process. The investigation, though underway, cannot erase the sorrow that has befallen the campus and the loved ones of Gisela Pierce and Nathaniel Janik.

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