Temple University mourns death of student from Berks

James Orlando found dead in off-campus apartment

Temple University mourns death of student from Berks

PHILADELPHIA - The Temple University community is mourning the death of a student from Berks County.

Officials at the university in Philadelphia said James Orlando was pronounced dead Saturday after police and paramedics responded to an apartment near campus.

Authorities are still trying to determine how Orlando died, but officials noted that no foul play is suspected.

"We are extremely saddened by the passing of James Orlando, a third-year business student from Reading, Pennsylvania," the university said in a statement. "He was 20 years old. We grieve alongside everyone who knew James and encourage all members of the Temple community to think of and pray for his loved ones."

The statement from the university noted that family and friends are accepting memorial donations on GoFundMe.

"James was a carefree, fun-loving guy," according to a statement on the GoFundMe page. "He cherished moments with his friends. A junior at Temple, he emphasized the qualities of a great student and was proud to call himself an Owl. He was always first to crack a joke to ease tension and the first to make someone feel welcome. He was loved by his brothers, his long-time girlfriend, Emily, and his parents. We will miss him dearly, and although the rest of the semester and school year will be hard, he would want us to power through."

Orlando is the second Temple student to die suddenly in a week. Michael Paytas, 24, of Holmes, died last Monday after being found unresponsive at Paley Library. He was a fourth-year marketing major.

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