Queen’s mourns loss of student Robert Nason

Robert Nason, a 21 year-old geography major, was found dead at his Division St. home.

At 8:30 p.m. Tuesday night, Kingston Police Staff Sergeant Alex Forsyth said that very little information could be released.

“I can verify there is an autopsy to be performed,” Forsyth said.

As the Journal went to print last night, Constable Joanne Geikie said police are unable to release any more details.

“It’s currently under investigation,” she said, adding that she can’t say when more information will become available. “I don’t have a time frame.”

AMS President Safiah Chowdhury said the death of a student is upsetting for the whole University.

“The loss of a student at any time is unfortunate news and obviously impacts the community in a significant way,” she said. “It’s always shocking and always so sad.”

Chowdhury, ArtSci ’11, said providing support to students is a priority.

“The AMS is just making sure that people have the available resources [through Health, Counselling and Disability Services, the University chaplain and the peer support centre],” she said. “When everyone else [in the AMS] found out they were similarly shocked and saddened by it. We were discussing how this news is always so jarring.”

University Chaplain Brian Yealland said he’s in the process of organizing a memorial service for after reading week with those who knew Nason.

“To have something local means anyone can attend,” he said. “Because we plan it ourselves … [it’s] very student-oriented. It is a chance to pay tribute to his life.”

He said there will also probably be a funeral in Toronto in the coming days, but that the University is mainly focused on supporting Nason’s family and friends.

“They’re devastated. I don’t think there’s any other word for it.”

Flags on campus have been lowered in memory of Nason.

Anyone needing support is encouraged to contact Health, Counselling and Disability Services at 613-533-6000 x 78264 and/or University Chaplain Brian Yealland at 613-533-2186.

With files from Katherine Fernandez-Blance

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