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Update: ECU student identified as 18-year-old freshman

East Carolina University on Thursday identified a student found dead in her dorm room Wednesday afternoon.

Simmie Byrd of Raleigh was a freshman majoring in biology, according to the university. The 18-year-old who graduated in May from the Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy was found by her roommate.

Greenville Fire-Rescue responded to Jarvis Hall about 3:15 p.m. Wednesday for a person in cardiac arrest.

ECU police are investigating the cause of death, but said Wednesday there was no evidence of foul play. An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday.

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