Autopsy Results Pending In Death Of Taylor University Student

By Maureen Mespell
By Jeff Neumeyer

April 5, 2012 Updated Apr 5, 2012 at 6:11 PM EDT

UPLAND, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- Taylor University's campus is mourning the loss of a student discovered dead Wednesday night in his dorm room.

On Thursday, we visited the school, where classmates and professors are dealing with the unsettling news.

Jeff Neumeyer: " Samuel Morris Hall is where 3rd year student Josh Larkin lived on campus.

University officials say a fellow student came to Larkin's room around 5:30 Wednesday afternoon and found him unresponsive.

Emergency personnel were summoned, but we're told he had passed away before help arrived.

Jim Garringer/Taylor University: " Even earlier today we were going through one of the student areas there, and a lot of raw emotions still, and so it has just been a very difficult period of time here."

Grant County Coroner Stephen Dorsey says preliminary findings suggest the cause of death was accidental.

Dorsey wouldn't share precisely where Larkin's body was discovered.

He says expect a more conclusive finding on cause of death next week.

Larkin recently traveled west with a Taylor University group to the prestigious Sundance Film Festival.

His media-writing professor says Larkin had a zest for life, and that he sometimes referred to himself as a modern day hippie.

Sara Brookshire/Larkin's Professor: " He had done some work in Alaska last summer was just very invested in Extreme Sport elements, and so was working on how to get his writing and photography skills to couple with that."

Neumeyer: " People who knew Larkin turned out Wednesday evening for a prayer vigil at the University chapel.

We're told there were lots of tears and hugs.

A more formal memorial service will take place next week.

Garringer says the Taylor community is at its best when the situation is at its worst.

That claim over the days ahead figures to be put to the test.

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