The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has launched an investigation into the death of an American University student, who was found dead in the shower of his off-campus home on Wednesday.
The student identified as Eli Weinstock, of Columbus, Ohio, was a sophomore at American University‘s School of Communications. His body was reportedly found by his roommate.
It is not known yet what caused Weinstock’s death.
Fanta Aw, the university’s vice president of Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence, confirmed the death in an email addressing the school community, saying:
“We extend our sympathy to Eli’s family and friends and those in the AU community who knew him. The physical separation of our community makes it hard to mourn together, and we know this compounds the difficulty during this painful time. Eli was a young person of great talent and promise. Many are profoundly touched by his loss.”
In her email, Aw encouraged students who need support to call 202-885-7879 for the crisis intervention services offered through ProtoCall by the school’s Counseling Center, which is available 24 hours a day.
Faculty and staff may also call 202-885-2593 to seek support via the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program, according to Aw.
“As we grieve the loss of a promising young student, please be there for one another and know the AU community is here for everyone,” she added.