September 17, 2007

Thressea Boyd
Director of Communications

University Mourns Death of Student

VALDOSTA - Valdosta State University student Shannon Martin, sophomore, died Thursday, September 13, 2007. The student was admitted to South Georgia Medical Center on September 6, 2007 with rare complications from a suspected virus. A highly contagious bacterial infection, meningococcal meningitis, was ruled out. SGMC officials have confirmed that no new cases have been identified in Lowndes or surrounding counties.

VSU students held a candlelight memorial for Shannon on Friday, September 14, 2007. More than 400 students and members of VSU community were present to pay tribute.

“The University community is saddened by the death of Shannon Martin and will continue to keep her family and friends in our prayers and thoughts during this difficult time,” VSU President Ronald M. Zaccari said.