MSUPD releases name of visiting student who passed away on Homecoming

EAST LANSING, Mich. –  On Sept. 28, during Homecoming weekend, a visiting Grand Valley State University student unfortunately passed away on MSU’s campus.

Alaina Grace Hopkinson was a freshman at GVSU and was visiting friends at MSU. At about 6 p.m., Hopkinson was found unresponsive and did not appear to be breathing after taking a nap in one of our residence halls. Emergency personnel transported her to Sparrow Hospital, and she was pronounced dead.

Hopkinson had a previous medical condition, and an autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death. Toxicology results will take several weeks. MSU Police is conducting an ongoing investigation, and there is not a threat to the MSU community or general public.

Out of respect for the student’s family and their privacy, MSU is not releasing more details.


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