Beard Parking Garage death identified

The University Police Department (UP) received a notification at approximately 3:15 p.m. on Friday about a non-student female who fell from an upper level of the Beard Parking Garage.

UP confirmed Saturday afternoon that the person was a 25-year-old Port Richey resident who was pursuing a graduate degree at UF and completing her studies at Moffitt Cancer Center hospital. After the investigation, there were reasons to believe that personal stressors “might have led her to the decision to take her own life,” according to the police report.

The report also said foul play was not suspected in the investigation and UP is currently awaiting the medical examiner’s report.

Dean of Students Danielle McDonald sent an email out Friday night urging any witnesses or impacted individuals to utilize campus resources if needed.

Some of the resources listed included the Counseling Center (813-974-2831) and Victim’s Advocacy (813-974-5756).

“It is important when tragedy occurs, that you all know there are resources here for you,” McDonald said in the email. “I want to remind you to utilize these resources, activate your support systems and take care of yourself.”

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