Misfortunate Death on WSU Campus

Posted on October 11, 2011 by


Staff Report

In the opening days of school, the Worcester State University community was shocked to learn of the death of Nicholas Leoni of Shrewsbury on Tuesday, September 13. Leoni, a commuter student, was seen at the roof of the campus six-floor parking garage at approximately 8:30 a.m. before he mysteriously fell 60 feet to the ground and was found dead on the scene by a campus police officer.


Campus and Massachusetts State Police immediately closed the 450 space garage to investigate the death of Leoni. Later in the afternoon it was announced by the District Attorney’s office that the death was “considered not suspicious” and that there was “no danger to students.”


In a statement that was e-mailed to the entire campus and posted on the institutional website, President Barry Maloney expressed his deepest sympathies for the family and friends of Leoni. He also thanked campus police, the state police and the district attorney’s office for their “prompt and professional response.”


Leoni’s obituary, which ran on Sunday, September 18, in several local newspapers noted that “Leoni was passionate about his music, attended many concerts and enjoyed playing the guitar and drums. His greatest enjoyment came from spending time traveling, camping and hiking with his family. He treasured the time he spent with his brother and his close friends.” Leoni was 21 at the time of his death.


No statement has been issued regarding the death since the incident occurred as it is still under investigation by state police detectives and the district attorney’s office.


In his prepared remarks, President Maloney also made note of the campus Counseling Office for anyone who is in need of grief counseling. The Counseling Office, which is located on the third floor of the Student Center, is available both to students and staff free of charge.


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