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NJCU mourns death of two students

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Francis "Frank" Clerie. Courtesy of @tke_njcu on Instagram.

Francis "Frank" Clerie. Courtesy of @tke_njcu on Instagram.

Francis "Frank" Clerie. Courtesy of @tke_njcu on Instagram.

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The university community learned of the unrelated deaths of two NJCU students this week. Both students were confirmed by President Sue Henderson to have died from sudden illnesses off-campus. 

Francis “Frank” Clerie died on December 3. Clerie was a Biology major, member of NJCU Athletics’ cross country team during the 2015-16 season and the president of the Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) fraternity

On their Instagram, TKE announced Clerie’s death, calling him “the pillar of our organization… he gave each brother the motivation to do their best and take every opportunity given. He was a friend, a mentor, and one of the greatest leaders our chapter has ever seen.”

There will be a closed memorial service on Thursday, December 6, for Clerie’s fraternity brothers. A date is still being determined for a memorial service.

On December 2, Georgesette Shurn, a transfer student from Newark studying Computer Science died. The university described her as “a bright spot in the campus community and will be sorely missed.” 

Shurn’s funeral services will be Wednesday, December 12 at 10 a.m. at Metropolitan AME Zion, 140 Belmont Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304.

Clerie, Shurn and Jessie Alston, a long time housekeeper that also recently died, were mentioned at the university’s Convocation on December 5 and honored with a moment of silence.

The Gothic Times will provide updates as they develop.

 

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