James Madison University softball player Lauren Burnett, who helped her team reach the fourth round at the College World Championships last year, has passed away. She was 20 years old.
Brian Hutcheson, Mayor of Rockingham County, said Ms Burnett’s death appeared to be classified as a suicide and his office was investigating her death. He pointed out that an official report from the medical examiner’s office is still pending.
“Our hearts are heartbroken, we hear the news of the loss of one of our student athletes,” said JMU President Jonathan Alger and JMU Athletics Director Jeff Bourne. In a Tuesday message to the school community. Located in Harrisonburg, Virginia, JMU has over 19,000 undergraduate students.
Ms. Burnett, a sophomore, played the catcher for the JMU softball team. She was a biology major from MacDonald, Pennsylvania, according to the JMU Athletics website.
Ms. Burnett’s death follows the deaths of two other student-athletes. Earlier this month, Sarah Schulz, a women’s track and field team runner at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, died of suicide, her parents said. Last month, Katie Meyer, captain of the Stanford University women’s soccer team, was Found dead in a ward. “The death was determined to be self-inflicted,” the Santa Clara County medical coroner said.
Softball James Madison Tweet Tuesday His double header against Longwood University on Wednesday was cancelled. “No further impacts on the schedule have been identified,” she said.
Ms. Burnett was named Player of the Week by the Colonial Athletics Association on Monday. The award came after JMU Dukes’ victory over the Drexel University Dragons over the weekend.
JMU athletics account: “The JMU family was devastated for losing one of our families” He said in a tweet.
Shared by JMU softball player, Jasmine Hall Tribute to Mrs. Burnett on Twitter.
“You’ve had a huge impact on this team not just as a player but as a person,” she said. “I am so grateful that you put into my life, and I will always cherish the time I had with you on and off the field. I love you always and forever.”
Mrs. Burnett, is survived by her parents, Scott and Kim Burnett, and her four siblings.
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