Laurier student Chuck Ozulumba passes away
Earlier today, Wilfrid Laurier University confirmed the passing of Laurier student Chuck Ozulumba.
Ozulumba, 22, passed on Friday, July 6, 2018, on the Ottawa River where he tragically drowned.
Ozulumba was one of over 300 Laurier students who participated in a rafting trip organized by MLSB this past weekend. He was set to enter his fourth-year of bachelor of business administration at the Lazaridis School of Business and Economic’s this upcoming September.
According to information provided by Laurier, an alert was issued on Friday at OWL Rafting in Ottawa, where the trip took place, in response to a missing person in the water.
Many of the Laurier students present participated in a search and rescue effort. Once found, resuscitation efforts were made before he was taken to the hospital. Despite attempts to save Ozulumba’s life, he was pronounced deceased shortly after at the hospital.
According to Laurier’s press release, flags on campuses will be lowered to half-mast in honour and recognition of the tragic loss to the Laurier community.
“The university is extending support and counselling services to these and other students who knew him,” a Laurier press release said.
“Losing a student has a deep impact on the entire Laurier community. The university is focused on supporting each other and ensuring the wellbeing of students, faculty and staff.”
Information regarding visitation and funeral services can be found here.
Those impacted are encouraged to reach out to services on campus, such as the Student Wellness Centre, the Delton Glebe Counselling Centre and more.