GENESEO – The Geneseo Police Department is investigating the death of a SUNY Geneseo student in an off-campus apartment.
Colin Murphy, 21, passed away on Nov. 22. Geneseo Police Chief Eric Osganian said that the initial investigation suggests a drug overdose.
“We have expressed our condolences to the family,” said Osganian. “Unfortunately this is a very tragic case that brings the presence of illegal drugs back into our community’s view.”
SUNY Geneseo confirmed that Murphy was enrolled as a student.
Police found heroin and Xanax in the room. A toxicology report will officially determine which drugs were involved.
Geneseo Police are working with the Monroe County Medical Examiner to determine an official cause of death.
Osganian said that three other people inhabited the four-bedroom apartment, part of the Courtside Apartments, but none are thought to have been close friends of Murphy’s. Two had already left the apartment for winter break. They are not thought to have been involved in drug activity and will not be criminally charged for this incident.
According to an obituary published by legacy.com here, Murphy was a graduate of McQuaid Jesuit High School and counted his basketball, baseball and track teammates as his dearest friends.
This is not the first SUNY Geneseo student in recent memory whose death has been attributed to illegal drugs. In May 2014, SUNY Geneseo lost a student to a mixture of cocaine and fentanyl. Less than two weeks ago, on Nov. 16, Geneseo Police saved the life of a 21-year-old female who was believed to have been overdosing on heroin.
“Though our officers do excellent work protecting the community when we are called,” added Osganian, “cases like this are sad reminders that the only way to be completely safe from dangerous drugs is to avoid using them.”