ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — Tompkins County Sheriff Ken Lansing says alcohol consumption appears to have played a part in the unrelated deaths of a male student at a Cornell University fraternity house and a female student found dead in the snow near the Ithaca College campus.

Cornell University released a statement saying 19-year-old George Desdunes, a sophomore from Brooklyn, was found unconscious on a couch at his fraternity house Friday morning and was taken to the hospital, where he later died. Autopsy results were still pending on Sunday.

The sheriff’s office says an Ithaca College freshman, 17-year-old Victoria Cheng of Spencer, was found dead in the snow behind a house near her college campus Saturday afternoon.

Both deaths remain under investigation but Lansing says they appear to have been accidental.

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Comments (3)
  1. norman says:

    Cornell was my old school and i know exactly what it’s like. Education, yes. But also Frats, Sororities, Football, Lacrosse, North campus, West campus, and CollegeTown. G-d brought me out of it and Yeshua ben David, of Nazareth, saved my life and my soul!

  2. keith says:

    Yup, sometimes the smartest people in the world can do some incredibly stupid things.

  3. lala says:

    foolish kids drinking themselves to death.

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