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UC-Beckley continues to grieve the loss of a student

Local - 1/17/2014 5:33 PM by Stuart Hammer

BECKLEY – The University of Charleston-Beckley campus continues to mourn the loss of a student found dead in her dorm room Wednesday afternoon.

President of the University, Dr. Jerry Forster, says he knew 19-year-old Shelia Hopkins well.

She frequently attended dinner with him and his wife, and her sense of humor resonated with students, teachers, and faculty all across campus.

Hopkins was an avid basketball player and part of the first-ever woman's team at UC-Beckley.

“We're still in our grieving period, but as we go forward, young ladies like ‘Coco’ remind us why we're here. She had goals to go to college; she had goals to play college basketball.”

Forster says there is still a long way to go in the healing process.

“As we work through this, we want to eventually get to the point where we'll celebrate ‘Coco's’ life and we all think back with joy and happiness.”

The school has plans to memorialize the life of Hopkins, though no details have been finalized. Officials say a tree, a plaque, or a summer basketball camp could be named in her honor.

The cause of death is still under investigation, though officials say foul play is unlikely.


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