AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – The UMass campus has tens of thousands of students, it’s basically a small city, but UMass Spokesman Ed Blaguszewski told 22News he can’t remember the last time two students died so close together.
It’s up to a state medical examiner to determine what caused their deaths, but the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office told 22News the deaths do not appear connected, and neither one appears to be a crime.
UMass Sophomore Samnord Stephens said he has a heavy heart; “Definitely, I think there are going to be some memorial services coming up. They’re going to be posting on Facebook and everywhere. Overall, it’s just a sad thing for the whole community and I’m sure everyone is trying to come together.”
Shaw was a senior math major, and Beltzer was a graduate student in the Geosciences Department.
UMass is making counseling resources available to all students who may need someone to talk to.