State police investigate death off campus

Published by Hannah Shumsky, Date: February 1, 2020
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This is a developing story. The Rocket will update this story as more information becomes available. 

UPDATE: FEB. 1, 4:57 P.M.

David Wilmes, chief student affairs officer, stated that Shawn Moon, a recent SRU student, from Mercer died by apparent suicide.

“Shawn was a good friend of many and will be sorely missed,” Wilmes said in an email sent to university stakeholders at 4:35 p.m on Saturday. “There are no words that can truly console Shawn’s loved ones at a moment like this. His loss is simply unfathomable. If you find yourself struggling with Shawn’s passing or having thoughts of suicide, please reach out for help. We care deeply about you and want to help you through whatever troubles you face.”

The Student Counseling Center is available Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Student Health Center is open 24/7. Crisis support through the Center for Community Resources of Butler County is available by calling 1-800-292-3866.

A counselor will be available on Monday, Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Smith Student Center room 246.

Wilmes also encourages anyone who is concerned about a classmate or friend to fill out a care referral through the Office of Student Support.

In a follow-up email sent to university stakeholders at 4:49 p.m., the Office of University Communication and Public Affairs stated that Pennsylvania State Police have determined no criminal activity was involved in the reported death.


Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a death of an individual at an off-campus house Saturday afternoon.

In an email alert sent to SRU stakeholders at 1:33 p.m., the Office of University Communication and Public Affairs writes that state police are investigating a death in a non-university, off-campus house on Kiester Road.

State police has advised that there are no eminent threats to the campus community, according to the campus-wide alert.

“The campus community will be updated as details become available,” the alert states.

The same message was sent via SRU Campus Alerts at approximately 1:43 p.m.

Hannah is a junior secondary English education major and communication minor entering her second year on The Rocket staff and her first year as editor-in-chief. Previously, she served as assistant news editor and covered Student Government Association affairs and local crime. After graduation, she hopes to teach English, communications and journalism to high school students. Outside of The Rocket, Hannah is also part of WSRU-TV, Sigma Tau Delta, and the Honors College and works as an educator in the Transition Achievement Program.

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Hannah Shumsky
Hannah is a junior secondary English education major and communication minor entering her second year on The Rocket staff and her first year as editor-in-chief. Previously, she served as assistant news editor and covered Student Government Association affairs and local crime. After graduation, she hopes to teach English, communications and journalism to high school students. Outside of The Rocket, Hannah is also part of WSRU-TV, Sigma Tau Delta, and the Honors College and works as an educator in the Transition Achievement Program.

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