Student Found Dead at Southern Adventist University
Southern Adventist University was reeling in shock on Tuesday after a 21-year-old student was found dead in her dormitory room.
Kimberly Andreu, a second-year freshman majoring in allied health, was found unresponsive in her Thatcher Hall room on Monday evening.
A friend said she had suffered from a congenital heart condition.
“Emergency personnel arrived shortly thereafter and declared her deceased,” the university said in a statement. “The medical examiner's preliminary findings are that her death was a result of natural causes.”
The Collegedale, Tennessee-based university described Andreu as a transfer student from Lancaster, Massachusetts.
Melodie Alvarez, a sophomore nursing student who called Andreu a close friend, said Andreu had told her about having a congenital heart condition.
“I knew a little bit that she had health problems, but we didn't talk much about that,” she said in an interview.
Alvarez said she last saw Andreu at 9 or 10 p.m. Sunday when they parted ways after studying at the library for an exam.
“I was the last one to see her the night before she died, to my knowledge,” she said. “The last thing I said to her was ‘good luck.’”
On Monday, Andreu did not respond to text messages or people knocking on her door, and police were called when her body was found around 7:30 p.m., Alvarez said.
Alvarez said the two became friends when Andreu arrived at Southern Adventist University at the beginning of the current semester but “it seems like I have known her forever.”
“There wasn't anybody who didn't like Kim,” Alvarez said. “She had a sarcastic wit about her that people just couldn't get enough of. She was a beautiful soul. I am grieved at her death.”
Students paid tribute to Andreu during classes on Tuesday.
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