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UMass announces death of first year student

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Officials at UMass Amherst have announced that a first year student has died.

Dean of Students Cara Appel-Silbaugh informed the campus community of the death of Scott Erlandson by email on Wednesday.

Erlandson was enrolled in the College of Information and Computer Science and was from Georgetown.

The email indicated that at the family's request, no other information regarding Erlandson's death was available.

"On behalf of UMass, we extend our sincere condolences to Scott’s family and friends who are mourning his untimely death," Appel-Silbaugh wrote.

Even for students who did not know him, it's a time of confusion.

"Everybody's in the same boat here. We're all just one UMass, so we just want to know what's happening and what's going on," said freshman Thomas Holland.

Erlandson is the third student to pass away this semester.

Of those three deaths, this is the second one with little explanation.  In February, a junior named Gabrielle Bryan was found dead in a dorm room.

The third student, Caleb Martin, was killed in an out-of-state car accident.

"It's sad. It's sad when we lose people, always," said sophomore Harper Edwards.

A spokesperson for the university did not respond to Western Mass News on Thursday.

"I think they're respecting the wishes of the family and they're just doing their best to inform the community," said freshman Dawna Badie.

A spokesperson for the police department in Erlandson's hometown of Georgetown, MA did not immediately respond to comment.

Counseling services are being made available to students and staff.

You can view a full list of students in memoriam for the 2017-2018 school year by CLICKING HERE.

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