Dead In Columbia Dorm: 5 Things To Know About Former University Student, Runner Jessica Fingers

By iScienceTimes Staff on April 1, 2013 1:07 PM EDT

Jessica Fingers
Jessica Fingers, who received a full scholarship to attend Columbia University, was a distance runner and sociology major for the school, prepared to be a part of the Class of 2013. She was pronounced dead on Sunday because of an apparent drug overdose. (Photo: Columbia Athletics)

Former Columbia University student Jessica Fingers was found dead in a Columbia dorm possibly as the result of an apparent drug overdose on Sunday, according to reports.

The 21-year-old Fingers, from the Catskills community of Monticello, N.Y., had been staying with a female friend and visiting her boyfriend, who are both current Columbia students. DNAInfo reported that both discovered Fingers dead in the Columbia dorm called the East Campus Residence Hall located on Morningside Drive at 11:48 a.m.

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Police who responded to a 911 call found Fingers unconscious and unresponsive, lying face-up on the floor of the dorm hallway. EMS later determined she was dead at the scene.

Police don't suspect foul play, but believe Fingers and her boyfriend had been doing drugs per the New York Post.

"It is with deep sadness and regret that I write to inform you of the untimely loss of one of our students, who has been on leave from Columbia but visiting campus at the time of her passing," Dean of Student Affairs Kevin Shollenberger wrote in a campus e-mail.

The medical examiner is to determine the cause of death.

- Fingers had originally been a member of the Columbia College Class of 2013, but took a leave of absence in Spring 2012

- Fingers was cross-country runner at Columbia

- Fingers won numerous athletic and academic awards throughout her high school career, including The Mayor's Trophy in 2009 for her athletic performance as a cross-country runner at Monticello High School

- Fingers majored in sociology, according to the campus paper, the Columbia Spectator

- The River Reporter in upstate New York reported in November 2008 that she had received a full scholarship to Columbia and was planning to pursue a career in marketing or law

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