Student found dead in Bridgewater State University dorm

SE Mass

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (WPRI) — Bridgewater State University is offering grief counseling to students and faculty following the tragic death of a sophomore student from Somerset.

In an email sent out to students, the school said police responded to a 911 call in one of the residence halls Thursday morning and immediately administered lifesaving efforts to the student.

The young student, identified as Ash Valiente, was transported to Brockton Hospital and later pronounced dead.

“My deepest sympathies are extended to our student’s family and friends and to all members of the campus community. We have been in contact with Ash’s family and will continue to reach out in the difficult hours and days that lay ahead,” BSU Vice President Joseph Oravecz said in the email.

Valiente was an active member of the BSU community, majoring in communications and was involved in several programs and activities.

Counselors will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday in the Wellness Center in Weygand Hall. Counseling services may also be accessed after hours and over the weekend through the on-call clinician service at (508) 531-1331.

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