It is with a heavy heart that I’m writing you in regard to the death
of one of our students, Corey Jackson, a sophomore from Warren. The
Oakland County Medical Examiner’s office has confirmed that he took
his own life on campus yesterday.
Any death in the campus community diminishes us all. We know there
will be no quick antidote for the pain that Corey's sudden death has
caused, and that only time can heal the sorrow felt by his family and
friends. In our mourning, I am hopeful that we will not focus on the
manner of Corey's death, but rather celebrate the life he lived and
the people he touched.
Reassuringly, this spirit of community is already evident. Corey’s
family and friends gathered in Van Wagoner Hall last evening to talk
about Corey’s death and to comfort each other. At 10 p.m. this
evening, those who loved and befriended Corey will gather again to
celebrate his life on the bridge that crosses Bear Lake.
I encourage all in the campus community to come together and comfort
those who need our support at this sad time. I’d also like to share
that Graham Health Center is prepared to provide counseling to anyone
who feels the need to talk about their feelings or manage their grief.
I’m confident that those who knew and loved Corey will miss him and
cherish his memory. I know, too, that we as a campus community will
keep his family and closest friends in our thoughts and prayers.
Gary D. Russi
Rochester, Michigan 48309