Cornell Student Dies From H1N1 Complications

Warren Schor ’11 died on Friday at Cayuga Medical Center from complications relating to H1N1 influenza, according to the University.
Schor, 20, is the first H1N1 influenza-related fatality in Tompkins County, the Health Department said.
In a message to members of the Cornell community President David Skorton wrote: “We wish to convey our heartfelt condolences to [Schor’s family] and to his many friends. Please keep them in your thoughts in the following days.”
Schor was a student in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and a member of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity.

Memorial Service for Yang ’11 to Be Held Saturday

The University announced yesterday that a public memorial service will be held on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. for David Yang ’11 who died in a car accident last week.
The service will be held at Anabel Taylor Hall Chapel, followed by a reception in the Founders Room of the same building.
Yang, who was a biological sciences major, transferred to Cornell from New York University during his sophomore year. Yang was the national chair of his fraternity, Lambda Phi Epsilon, a cultural chair on the executive board of the Chinese Students Association, and an active member of the Cornell Asian Pacific-Islander Students Union.
“David was one of those people that would lighten the atmosphere,” Kenneth Fujita ’12 told The Sun last week.

Ithaca Police Release Identity of Female Gorge Suicide Victim

Cornell Police found a deceased female at the bottom of Fall Creek Gorge the afternoon of June 26 after receiving a call from a witness saying that a woman had jumped into the gorge from the fence next to the Suspension Bridge. Members of the Ithaca Police Department, Cornell Police Department, Ithaca Fire Department and Bangs Ambulance responded to the incident.
Lisa Longwell, a white female of “medium to heavy build, blond shoulder length hair” was “wearing khaki style pants, white top and gold rimmed glasses,” according to a witness report in a police report obtained by The Sun. Police found her carrying cigarettes, a broken watch and a note, according to the police report. A map and purse were found in her car.

Body Retrieved From Fall Creek Gorge

Cornell Police found a deceased female at the bottom of Fall Creek Gorge yesterday afternoon after receiving a call from a witness saying that a woman had jumped off the Suspension Bridge. Members of the Ithaca Police Department, Cornell Police Department, Ithaca Fire Department and Bangs Ambulance responded to the incident.
The body was removed at approximately 4 p.m. as “Members of the Ithaca Fire Department rappelled into the gorge [to] retrieve the body,” according to a statement issued by the IPD. While the female has yet to be identified, police are continuing to investigate the incident.
The bridge has since been cleared, except for remnants of yellow police tape near the path leading down to the gorge.

Cornell Grad Student Charged With Murder of Wife

Cornell graduate student Blazej Kot was charged on Thursday evening with the second-degree murder of his wife, Caroline Coffey, a Cornell researcher in biomedical engineering, according to a statement issued by New York State Police.
The body of 28-year-old Coffey was found on Wednesday morning on a wooded trail in Taughannock Falls State Park. An autopsy later showed that she suffered a fatal cut to the neck, the Associated Press reported.
Police said that Kot led them on a five-minute chase on Tuesday night before crashing his vehicle. They found him with an apparent self-inflicted injury, according to the AP. The AP also reported that police later found the couple’s house on fire.

Cornell Student Seriously Injured After Gorge Accident


The status of a recent Cornell graduate who was hospitalized with serious injuries after a gorge-swimming accident in Ithaca on Monday has improved to “fair condition,” according to a hospital official.

Leslie Reed ’09 was one of several individuals swimming in Six Mile Creek near the old-hydro electric plant just one day after her graduation from Cornell when she slipped while attempting to dive into the water, witnesses told the Ithaca Fire Department.

Reed was reportedly unconscious when the Fire Department was dispatched to the scene at the 300 block of Giles Street.

Tragedy in Binghamton: 14 Killed; Four Injured

The small City of Binghamton, located approximately 50 miles south-east of Cornell, received national and international attention over the weekend as it became the scene of a tragic shooting on Friday that left 14 people dead.
Jiverly Wong, a 41-year old Vietnamese immigrant, shot and killed 13 people and critically injured four before killing himself at the American Civic Association building in downtown Binghamton. Wong also held at least 41 people hostage in the Association’s building for almost three and a half hours before police arrived, according to the Associated Press.

Police Find Body of Missing Ithaca Man in Fall Creek

The Ithaca Police Department on Sunday recovered a body located in the water where Fall Creek empties into Cayuga Lake at Stewart Park.
Police identified the decedent yesterday as Paul K. Rice, 64, of Ithaca.
The IPD, Ithaca Fire department and Bangs ambulance responded at approximately 1:18 p.m. on Sunday to a report of a body in the water. Upon arrival at the scene, officers found Rice’s body floating in the water at the north bank of Fall Creek adjacent to the caretaker house, the police department said in a statement.
Police said last night that no further details were available because the investigation is ongoing.

Students Honor Kau ’12 at Sage Chapel

Approximately 200 students gathered in Sage Chapel this Saturday afternoon to honor the memory of Nicholas Kau ’12, a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences, who died over winter break at the age of 18.
Although Kau’s family held a funeral service at St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church New York City on Jan. 17, Kau’s parents, grandparents and two brothers gathered with members of the Cornell community to pay tribute to Kau. Reve­rend Dr. Ken­neth I. Clarke Sr. pre­sided over the cere­mo­ny.