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Laurier school community mourns drowning death of business student

Chuck Ozulumba was on a weekend rafting excursion with other Laurier students at the time of his death
Wilfrid Laurier University
Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo campus). Image from WLU.

Flags are flying at half-mast at Wilfrid Laurier, following the drowning death of a 22-year-old student near the capital.

At the time of his death, Chuck Ozulumba was on a weekend excursion with other Laurier students.

The university says in a statement it's focused on the wellbeing of those who were with Ozulumba when he died - and the campus community as a whole.

OPP say Ozulumba went underwater Friday evening, while rafting out on the waters of the Ottawa River near Renfrew. 

He was pronounced dead shortly after being rushed to hospital. A post-mortem examination has been scheduled, but police say foul play is not suspected.

Ozulumba was a business administration student at the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics on Laurier's Waterloo campus, and was preparing to enter his final year.

In a statement, the university says it's extending support and counselling services to all students as a result of Ozulumba's death.

Anyone in need of help is encouraged to contact:

-The Student Wellness Centre: 519.884.0710 x3146 or
-Victim Services (after hours number): 519.570.5143
-Here 24/7: 1-.844.437.3247 
-Delton Glebe Counselling Centre: 519.884.3305 or
-Laurier Human Resources


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