GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — There was a sense of shock Monday at Richard Stockton College, where a day earlier a student was found dead in his campus apartment.
Senior Henry Y. Lee, 27, of Mount Laurel, was found dead by police responding to a call reporting an unresponsive student about 3 p.m. Sunday. The cause of his death is unknown but is currently under investigation by the school and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office.
Sophomore Rich Zarro said he was in his apartment in the D Court section of student residences Sunday when he saw police arrive at a nearby apartment. At first he did not think the situation was serious, but when he saw the medical examiner arrive he recognized its gravity.
A day later, Zarro was still shaken.
“We just don’t think that these kinds of things happen, and then they do, and it kind of makes everything real,” he said.
Zarro did not know Lee personally but knows his roommates. He said Monday they had gone home.
In a phone interview Monday, Jonathan Lee, of Mount Laurel, who identified himself as the father of the deceased, said his son’s death was “a shock” but declined further comment.
At Stockton, junior Robyn Crincoli said the college sent an email to students Monday about the situation, but word of Lee’s death already had spread through the student body Sunday.
Crincoli, who identified herself as a resident assistant with the school, said Lee’s death is as mysterious as it is jarring.
“It’s a mixture of shock and curiosity,” she said. “They haven’t been telling us anything. ... they’re just saying it’s still under investigation, which makes us wonder what happened.”
Junior Kenneth Han said he had not been affected personally as he did not know Lee, but he feels for those in the student body who did know him.
“I feel bad for everybody,” he said. “His death is sad, especially for such a young kid.”
Stockton spokeswoman Maryjane Briant said Sunday Lee’s death did not appear to involve foul play.
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