WVU students dies in Friday afternoon incident

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University police have identified the man who died Friday afternoon on campus as Benjamin Pravecek, a 20-year-old business major from Harpers Ferry.

At 12:30 Friday afternoon MECCA 911 dispatched police and fire to University Avenue near University Place on a report of person who had fallen or jumped from a parking garage.

“We are grieving today,” Dean of Students Corey Farris said. “This tragedy reminds us how important the love, care and compassion we share with others can be. We have been in touch with Benjamin’s family and friends to offer our support during this difficult time, and we will continue to provide whatever resources and help are necessary.”

The investigation is ongoing, but at this point police do not suspect foul play.

“I want our students to know that we are here for you,” T. Anne Hawkins, clinical director of the Carruth Center, said. “If you need to talk, if you just want someone to be with you or if you know someone who may need support, please know that you are not alone.”

The Center offers individual counseling and 24/7 support at 304-293-4431, as well as a Crisis Text Line that is available 24 hours, seven days a week. Text WVU to 741741 to reach a live, trained crisis counselor.

Faculty and staff may seek support through the Employee Assistance Program.

Anyone with information that may assist in the investigation is asked to contact University Police at 304-293-3136.