STORRS, Conn. (WTNH) — Grief counselors are on hand at the Storrs campus of The University of Connecticut after a student was found dead in a small lake on campus Monday.
UConn student, 19-year-old Tianyin Shang from Shanghai, China, was a math student and was a rising star on the Western Equestrian team. She was found dead in a shallow area of Mirror Lake on campus Monday.
Wednesday, officials reported that Shang’s death has been ruled a suicide by drowning.
Counselors are on hand Wednesday morning for students as they cope with this news.
Flowers now sit on top of the rock where her body was found in the icy cold water of Mirror Lake. Firefighters pulled her from the water Monday in the middle of the day.
Investigators say they do not suspect foul play and they are assuring students that they are safe.
“When you hear about this, at first you don’t assume worst case scenario, so I was like OK I hope it’s just an accident, but then we got the email, and I was really saddened by it,” Khori Francis, Freshman.
UConn has been in touch with Shang’s family. Counseling is available to students at the university’s Student Health and Wellness Center. Students can also contact counselors-on-call at 860-486-4705.
If you or someone you know needs help, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline number is: 1-800-273-8255 .