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Police investigating after body found at Amherst College

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A body was discovered on the grounds of Amherst College Thursday morning.

The campus community is still very much on edge.

Meanwhile, police are working to piece together how this all happened.

"It was something tragic and unusual to happen on campus," said student Avery Farmer.

The Western Mass News SkyDrone shows a busy campus this afternoon.

However, in the early morning hours of Thursday, an employee from the Amherst College grounds crew made a gruesome discovery.  The body of a man was found near Morris Pratt and Arms Music Center.

"I was shocked.  My first thought was is this a student, faculty, or someone a part of the school community?  I’m not sure yet," said student Fru Che.

Troopers assigned to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, along with local and campus police, quickly responded to the scene.

While the nature of the man’s death remains unclear and is being investigated by the office of the chief medical examiner, Mary Carey, spokesperson for D.A.'s office, said "No foul play is suspected and there are no concerns for public safety."

"It’s kind of scary to think that there was a dead body on campus.  This is a very safe campus.  For as long as I have been on campus, I have felt very protected.  Knowing that something like that showed up on-campus is pretty scary," Che added.

Carey noted that the body has been tentatively identified by investigators, but confirmation of that identity and notification of family members is pending.

"I hope it’s not a member of the campus community, but I understand that it’s a tragedy regardless of who was found," Farmer added.

Counseling services will be available to students and staff.

The case remains under investigation by Amherst Police, Amherst College Police, and troopers assigned to the Northwestern District Attorney's office.

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