Student discovered dead in apartment

Bryce Bencivengo, Claire Cella & Tristan Hallman

St. Edward’s University sophomore Jared M. Young was found dead in his off-campus apartment Nov. 1.

The Austin Police Department received a call at 7:31 p.m. and responded to an apartment in the 500 block of East Stassney Ln.

APD is currently investigating Young’s death as an accidental death, as there were no signs of foul play in the apartment, according to Detective Chris Smyth.

Further comment from Smyth and The Austin Police Public Information Department is being withheld until more is known about what led up to his death and the released results of the toxicology reports.

Young, 20, was originally from Austin and went to high school at Huntington-Surrey School. Despite being local, he lived in Doyle Hall and Hunt Hall last school year. Young’s major was currently undecided.

“I’m saddened by the news because it was very shocking,” sophomore Brent Johnson said. “We used to run into each other many times in the residence halls and we would always have good conversation. He will be missed and his family as well as his other close friends are in my prayers.”

Young’s friend, sophomore Sara Dunsmore, said that Young was known for having an extreme lifestyle and that Young greatly enjoyed athletics activities like snowboarding, bicycling and wakeboarding. Recently, Dunsmore said, Young had suffered a third-degree burn from falling off of his long-board.

“He always seemed to have a broken bone,” Dunsmore said.

Dunsmore said that she and Young became friends when they both lived in Doyle and Hunt last year. They often stayed up late studying together in groups and she considered Young to be a serious student, she said.

“He was one of the nicest people I’ve ever known,” Dunsmore said. “He always had a smile on his face. Always.”

An e-mail from Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Lisa Kirkpatrick was sent to the St. Edward’s community at 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 3 to inform students of Young’s death.

In the e-mail, Kirkpatrick encouraged students to remember both Young’s family and friends in thoughts and prayers.

“As a community, it is important that we support one another as we mourn this death,” Kirkpatrick wrote. “Please remember that there are numerous support services available on campus including Campus Ministry and the Health & Counseling Center.”

Funeral services for Young were held Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Umlauf Sculpture Gardens, located in Zilker Park.

Young is survived by his mother, father, step-father, and his three brothers.

Young is the second St. Edward’s student to die this year. John “Quatro” Kiley IV, a junior, died from drowning Aug. 23 while visiting his father in Osterville, Mass.


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