Oeshae Morgan, a soon-to-be senior at the University of Pittsburgh, was found dead in the courtyard where she lived on July 12, 2013, according to The Pitt News. The article reported that the U.S. Department of State informed the University of Pittsburgh of Morgan’s death a few days after it happened, but wouldn’t disclose the circumstances of her death.
“We express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Morgan,” a U.S Department of State official said in an email. “Embassy officials are in contact with her family and are providing consular assistance. Out of respect for the family, we have no further comment.”
A political science and economic major, Morgan was spending the summer in Madrid, Spain as part of Pitt’s College of Business Administration’s International Internship Program. “Pitt spokeswoman Cara Masset said that Morgan’s passing is the first and only time a student studying abroad with the International Internship Program has died,” the article reported.
An article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Morgan’s family described her as ambitious and spiritual. Morgan was a member of Pitt’s debate team and “loved talking about everything from politics to fashion,” the article reported.
Morgan’s 21st birthday was the weekend after death, according to Post-Gazette article. Her family decided to go ahead with her birthday celebration, and 160 friends, family church members and classmates of Morgan’s showed up to celebrate her life.
“[Morgan] will be missed by many, and our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends,” the University said in a statement from the The Pitt News article. “The University is providing support and assistance to the family as well as to the Pitt students who are grieving over this loss.”
Morgan’s family has been told that her death was accidental. The article reported that Pitt officials have referred questions to the State Department, which has released no additional information.
Written by N. Losik.