Rider University again mourns loss of a freshman

The Rider University community is mourning the loss of another student after freshman Justin Warfield died Wednesday.

Warfield, 18, a student at Rider?s Westminster Choir College, was found not breathing in a house off campus. Police were called to the scene around 5 a.m. after someone called 911. An hour later Warfield was pronounced dead on arrival at University Medical Center at Princeton.

The Mercer County Prosecutor?s Office says Warfield had drugs and alcohol in his system. Neighbors say the house he was found in was known for wild parties.

Warfield?s death comes a semester after the death of another 18-year-old student. Gary DeVercelly died in March after attending a fraternity party on the Lawrenceville campus. Investigators say his death was a result of excessive drinking possibly caused by hazing.

"We hoped we would never have to hear of another tragic death. We remain vigilant and determined to educate students of the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse," said Dan Higgens of Westminster Choir College.

An on-campus memorial is being planned for Warfield. The medical examiner will determine the exact cause of death.

Related Information: Police arrest five in Rider student's hazing death Rider University student dies after excessive drinking

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