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Grambling Honor student found deαd in nearby park

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Tragedy has struck the Grambling University campus this week, as an honor student has been found deαd in a nearby park.  According to KNOE.com, Alexandria Shelton, a senior with a 3.5 GPA, was found dead shortly before graduation.   She was set to graduate with a degree in Criminal Justice on May 9 of this year.

The 21-year old student was found in a drainage ditch in Girard Park.  Police spokesperson Paul Mouton has not ruled out foul play as a reason the young woman lost her life.  She was planning to meet friends on the night in question, but never showed up.

When the students called the young lady’s cell phone, a man answered, stating that he’d found the phone in the park.  They met him there and called police.

“We’ve just been in shock since we first heard early Sunday that the body of a young woman found in a Lafayette city park was likely one of our own,” said GSU President Frank G. Pogue. “We immediately reached out to the family and we’ve been cooperating with Lafayette police. We know how important the first 24 to 48 hours of a police investigation can be.

A missing person’s report was filed Saturday when Shelton’s friends noticed that they could not find her.  She was planning to attend a going away party for a friend on the night the incident took place.

“Now we encourage our students, faculty, staff and others to contact Lafayette city police, or our own campus police, if they think they have even a small bit of information that might be helpful,”  Pogue said. “We need to assist police with this investigation and bring closure to this situation for the sake of Alex’s family and close friends.”

GSU Provost Connie Walton is doing the paperwork to grant the young woman’s degree posthumously.  

Dr Boyce Watkins, author of the book, “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about College,” says that the dangers are typically hidden on many college campuses.

“Grambling is likely not one of those institutions, but there are many campuses around the nation that don’t always make parents aware that their kids’ dorms are close to dangerous neighborhoods,” said Dr. Watkins, who spoke at Grambling last year. “Some schools don’t even report crime that occurs off campus, since frightened parents don’t make very good customers.  It’s important to do your own research.”