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Rutgers University sophomore Caitlyn Kovacs, 19, was pronounced dead at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
on Sunday morning after being brought in by friends who noticed that the young teen was “in distress”. New Brunswick prosecutor Andrew Carey shared details but has yet to press charges. Her death occurred only half an hour after being brought in.
New Brunswick Police have launched an investigation into the young girl’s death after hospital officials notified them that their initial findings suggested that the death may be alcohol related. Autopsy and toxicology reports are pending.
A graduate of South Brunswick High School, Kovacs was majoring in animal sciences at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. She was attending a small hang-out at the Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity when friends became concerned and took her to the hospital, the student-run Daily Targum reported.
Friends and fellow students described Kovacs as energetic and happy—someone who enjoyed making those around her laugh. Rutgers University president, Robert Barchi said in a statement, "Her passing over the weekend is a tragic loss to her family, her friends, and the entire Rutgers community. This is a difficult time for everyone.”
Rutgers University has set up two campus locations with grief counselors for students who need support during this time.
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