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Bucknell University student Christian Samay found dead on campus

This was unrelated to last night’s active shooter alert and campus lockdown, and the circumstances are not suspicious.



Bucknell University officials have identified the student discovered deceased at a fraternity on Saturday as Christian Samay.

Christian, who was slated to graduate this spring, was deeply valued within the Bucknell community.

Bucknell University President John Bravman expressed heartfelt condolences, stating, “This loss is unimaginable for the Bucknell community, and our thoughts are with Christian’s family and friends.”

He clarified that the passing “was not connected to the active shooter alert and subsequent campus lockdown from the previous night.”

State police confirmed the incident as a hoax originating from Virginia. While Samay’s demise doesn’t raise suspicion, further details were not disclosed.

Bravman noted that student support services, including counselors and campus chaplains, are accessible.

The university issued an alert to the campus community at 1:47 p.m. on Saturday regarding the investigation at 78 University Ave., the site of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.

Union County Coroner Dominick Adamo stated that the circumstances surrounding the death remain under investigation and refrained from further comment.

As per his Linkedin profile, Samay hailed from Mountain Lakes, N.J., and pursued a major in political science. Additionally, he held the position of treasurer for the university’s Phi Gamma Delta chapter.

The university emphasized the availability of counselors for students in need of support, reachable by phone at 570-577-1604 (option 2).

Throughout the weekend, the University offers the following resources to any student who seeks support in the wake of this tragic event.

  • Counselors are available by phone this weekend. Please call 570-577-1604 and choose Option 2 to speak with the on-call counselor.
  • Additionally, the Counseling & Student Development Center website offers many options for students seeking help in the days and weeks ahead.
  • Students can also access the Crisis Text Line ( Text HOME to 741741 at any time, for any type of crisis.
  • Campus chaplains are available and can be reached at

This is a developing story that will be updated when more information is available.