9 February 2020 | Collegedale, Tennessee-based Southern Adventist University has confirmed that a student living in off-campus, university-owned housing was found deceased on the night of Feb. 6.

Local police confirmed that no foul play is suspected.

The school has identified the deceased student as Chris Whittington, a religious studies major.

An email from the school also published in the Southern Accent, is featured below:

Dear Campus Family,

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the recent passing of Chris Whittington, a religious studies major.

“Chris came to Southern with the goal of gaining an education that would enable him to better help people as well as share the gospel more effectively,” said Alan Parker, religion professor. “He will be remembered for his deep love for animals and his passionate desire to serve others.”

Counseling for students is available in the Chaplain’s office and the Student Success Center in Lynn Wood Hall, 3rd floor. Call 423.236.2782 to set up an appointment or stop by their office.

In this time of grief, we look forward to Jesus’ soon return and rely on the promises of God. “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” —Revelation 21:4

Police were reportedly called to the off-campus housing location at 5:10 p.m. for a wellness check. Authorities then discovered the body.

Southern Adventist University is an Adventist institution in Collegedale, Tennessee. It has about 3,000 students and offers associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

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