Statement from University of Pittsburgh at Bradford:
At around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Malik Isaiah Cox, a sophomore accounting major from Philadelphia, was found dead in his residence hall.
McKean County Coroner Mike Cahill was called to the scene and pronounced Cox dead, though a cause of death won’t be determined until an autopsy and toxicology are conducted. A forensics team from the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in DuBois was called to campus to investigate the scene. Campus Police are investigating and are being assisted by the state police, McKean County District Attorney Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer and the coroner’s office.
Staff members from the Office of Residence Life were able to relocate the four other students living in the apartment with Cox.
Dr. Leslie Rhinehart, director of counseling services, as well as other members of the Student Affairs staff, were on campus Thursday evening to provide support to Cox’s friends and other students. The Harriett B. Wick Chapel was opened to give students a place to gather.
There is no additional information available at this time.
Pat Frantz Cercone
Executive Director of Communications and Marketing