Stellenbosch University has released a Bereavement Notice confirming the their 25 year engineering student from Worcester, Ashwill Boer was found, deceased on Thursday. No foul play is suspected.
Although those searching for Ashwill Boer had checked his room at his residence, his body was eventually found in a part of the residence that had been evacuated for Covid-19 isolation and was currently empty.
“As a university community we are deeply saddened by this loss, and I wish to convey our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and Mr Boer’s friends and fellow students during this time of sorrow.
Staff of our Division of Student Affairs are in contact with the family and are meeting this afternoon with students in the residence. We also call on everyone to respect the privacy of Mr Boer’s loved ones and class mates traumatised by this event”, said Professor Arnold Schoolwinkel the Vice-Rector for Learning and Teaching.
According to Police spokesman Andre Traut, “The circumstances surrounding the death of a 25-year-old man are under investigation after his body was discovered at a student residence in Marais Street Stellenbosch this afternoon. The man was reported missing after he was last seen on Monday”.
University Offers Support To Students
The University’s student support services are available to students who are affected by Ashwill’s tragic death. The University’s Centre for Student Counselling and Development is available to students at [email protected] / 021 808 4994 (08:00 – 16:00 week days) or students can use the 24-hour Emergency Service, in collaboration with ER24, which is available at 010 205 3032.
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