Friday, March 23, 2012

Oakwood University student drowns in rock quarry [UPDATED]

An Oakwood University freshman drowned at a rock quarry near the university on March 23.

Justin Hanna, 18, of Florence, S.C., was found unresponsive when rescue workers arrived.

According to local Huntsville news stations, Hanna was rushed to the Hunstville Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The rock quarry is a property owned by Oakwood University. However, the university says it is "on a long-term lease to an outside company."

Oakwood University Department of Public Safety tweeted a warning Friday evening concerning safety at the quarry.


Update: Al.com reports Hanna decided to re-prioritize his life about two weeks before he drowned. The website says Hanna told his mother he was closing his Facebook account and wanted her to call him everyday to pray.


The website also reported that 225 people attended a candlelight vigil for Hanna on Saturday, March 24 and that the flags on campus were flown at half-staff.



The rock quarry near Oakwood University.

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