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Coroner determines cause of death in Lafayette investigation

EASTON, Pa. - The coroner has weighed in on the death of a Lafayette College student.

Multiple head injuries killed the 19-year-old lacrosse player.

But there are still a lot of questions that need to be answered in this case.

Students gathered and mourned the loss of McCrae Williams Tuesday night at the quad.
Many were still not speaking to 69 News Wednesday, however, we did speak to one student who says she's witnessed way too many lives cut short.

"I think it is unfortunate that people are watching this happen,” said Olivia Bonevento, a senior from Brick, New Jersey. “We've actually had five deaths in the last year, so it's been pretty tragic for our campus as a whole."

Students gathered to comfort each other and shed tears over the loss of 19-year-old freshman, McCrae Williams, of Massachusetts Tuesday night.

For some, this is a scene is way too familiar.

Bonevento says two students were from her class.

They died in accidents that happened out of state.

"The minute I saw the email, I was like not again," added Bonevento.

McCrae Williams, who planned on playing lacrosse at the college, was found outside a dorm Sunday afternoon, transported to Easton hospital, then to Lehigh Valley Hospital where he died Monday evening.

The Lehigh County coroner attributed the cause of death to multiple head injuries.

Easton police are investigating whether alcohol was involved and where Williams went on Saturday.

"The university needs to acknowledge there is somewhat of an issue,” said Bonevento. “If there is an issue."

Bonevento says answers would help the campus community heal because this is tough on everyone.

"It's very heartbreaking. As a campus community we've gone through a lot in the last year and I think that we all just really want this to end at this point," said Bonevento

Easton police continue to investigate the case, and the Lehigh County coroner also says he is waiting for the toxicology results before determining the manner of death.


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