Loyola student dies after being found unresponsive in dorm room

Cause of death unknown, but 20-year-old apparently had a heart condition

September 07, 2010|By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun

A Loyola University senior was found unresponsive in his dorm room Monday evening and later pronounced dead at Union Memorial Hospital, the university said in a message to students, parents and faculty.

Evan Girardi, 20, was a business major from Hopkinton, Mass., who spent the spring semester studying in Rome. The cause of death was unknown Tuesday, and a medical investigation is pending, said university spokeswoman Courtney Jolley. Jolley said Girardi's family informed the university that he was diagnosed with a heart condition at birth.

University officials learned about 8:30 p.m. Monday that a suite mate had found Girardi unconscious and without vital signs. About 10 p.m., they found out that attempts to revive him at Union Memorial were unsuccessful.

Hundreds of students gathered to mourn Girardi at on-campus memorial services late Monday and Tuesday afternoon. In a message to the campus, President Brian F. Linnane urged students to take advantage of available grief counselors.

"Evan's contributions to this University were remarkable, and his loss will be felt deeply by every member of the Loyola family," Linnane wrote in an e-mail to Loyola parents.

In addition to his business major, Girardi minored in political science, was a member of the Loyola Marketing Association and volunteered for a local branch of Cell Phones for Soldiers, a nonprofit that collects used cell phones so U.S. troops can use them to make free calls home.

childs.walker@baltsun.com

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