Police investigating sudden death of BU student

Posted: 03/02/13 at 5:05 pm EST      Last Updated: 03/04/13 at 9:03 pm EST

BOSTON (WHDH) -- Police are investigating the sudden death of a Boston University student who was found unconscious early Saturday morning.

Anthony Barksdale, a freshman from New Hampshire, was rushed to the hospital, but didn’t make it. A source with knowledge of the investigation said alcohol may have been a factor in his death.

A junior who lives nearby says the home where the student died houses the fraternity, Sigma Alpha Mu. The fraternity has since been suspended.

“There was a lot of commotion going on outside of the house. I wasn’t exactly sure what exactly was happening but there was definitely some sort of party going on. I live next door so I was well aware and it kept me up for sure,” said Madeleine Hackett.

“Whenever there is a party, it always seems to be here,” said Chris Kenny.

The freshman did not live at the residence where he died. He lives in the BU towers on Bay State Road and grief counselors were on hand in a lounge to help students cope.

“The measures that have been taken so far are appropriate for the whole situation that has been going on with parties and stuff. I don’t think it’s out of hand,” said Ernesto Botello, a senior at BU.

The Boston police homicide detectives are investigating and may be waiting on a search warrant.

The university’s website reported that BU police don’t believe there was any sign of foul play.

The website also had a statement from the dean of students, Kenneth Elmore, saying: “Whenever there is a death of one of our own it affects all of us. Our entire community is deeply saddened.”

“It’s a really sad situation. From what I hear, there’s a Facebook group and it seems like he was just a really great kid,” said Hackett.

One BU student said they seem to be dealing with death all too frequently.

Funeral arrangements are still incomplete.

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