Jasmine Benjamin (pictured above), a 17-year-old nursing student at Valdosta State University from Lawrenceville, Ga., was found dead in a study area of her dorm on Nov. 18. Georgia police are treating the death as a homicide, pending the results of an autopsy test. Jasmine’s parents say they found out about their daughter’s death via Facebook.
“For someone to be so insensitive not to reach out to the family, it’s very, very hurtful to say the least,” James Jackson, Jasmine’s stepfather, told the network.
School officials say campus police notified the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department, which then notified her parents. Jackson said police told him that Jasmine “had been dead for at least 12 hours before she was found, because passers-by thought she was simply sleeping on the study room couch” which only adds to the family’s frustration.
In a statement released Monday, the university said it is “continuing to work with law enforcement agencies in their ongoing investigation.”
Parents… stay in touch with your college bound students, the devil coupled with tragedy is likely to strike anywhere.