College to host gathering for student found dead in river

August 1, 2018

POULTNEY, Vt. (AP) — Green Mountain College in Vermont is hosting a memorial gathering for a student who died in an apparent drowning near campus.

The Rutland Herald reports the college will host the gathering at noon Thursday in the labyrinth for 20-year-old Fuquan Ford.

Police say Ford, of Albany, New York, went swimming alone in the Poultney River and was found unresponsive Monday evening.

First responders tried to revive Ford, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Trooper Patrick Slaney says they are investigating it as an accidental death. Ford’s body has been taken to the medical examiner’s office for an autopsy.

The college says it will hold another celebration of Ford’s life when students return to campus in August.

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