Harvey Mudd College student found dead in dorm room

Harvey Mudd College is in mourning after a student was found dead on campus last week. Lawrence Vuong, 18, was found dead in his dorm room on August 31, according to an internal email from Harvey Mudd President Maria Klawe.

Mr. Vuong was from Huntington Beach, according to campus newspaper The Student Life, which first reported Mr. Vuong’s death. The manner of his death was suicide, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner.

In the email, Ms. Klawe said the college has been in touch with Mr. Vuong’s family “and have expressed our condolences on behalf of the College community.”

“The Harvey Mudd community mourns this loss tremendously,” the college said in a statement. “As always, our focus over the coming days and weeks will be on ensuring the safety and well-being of all members of our community as we process this devastating loss.”

The college noted that Mr. Vuong’s family has requested HMC not provide additional details to the public for the sake of privacy. Per the family’s request, no memorial or vigil will be held.

The dean of students, chaplains, grief counselors and other faculty and staff members were available for students if needed.

“Our thoughts are with Lawrence’s family during this time of loss,” Ms. Klawe said. “We extend our deepest sympathies to his loved ones, faculty, staff and friends.”

If you or anyone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.

—Matthew Bramlett



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