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Student Found Dead in University of Chicago Dorm Room

Updated: Thursday, February 27 2014, 10:53 AM CST

A campus in mourning, after a University of Chicago student is found dead in dorm room.

Their heads were down, their hearts heavy. This is 20 year old nicholas barnes' family away from home, now grieving his untimely death.

Whang says, "We believe that God loves his people and we believe that Nick who you might not have known him but we believe that God knows him and he cares for him."

About a dozen University of Chicago students lined the 14-hundred block of East 59th Street outside The International House for a moment of silence and prayer.

Barnes was found Saturday afternoon laying lifeless on the floor of his dorm room on the third floor.

Whang says, "Even though this tragedy took place we believe that there is still hope, there is still healing for those who know him and for those who really loved him."

Poganey says, "It was very saddening to hear that someone passed away especially so close to my room."

Chicago police say he was face down and there were no signs of trauma.

One student who lives in the same building says: "There was this horrible odor, because I live on the second floor, right below him and there was this terrible odor in our living area."

Police have no idea how long barnes was deceased and an autopsy was inconclusive.

Students remember a student filled with life and its experiences.

"He studied abroad in Vienna last year so I met him after he came back so we talked a lot about that."

In a statement posted online and emailed to students, the University of Chicago says, "our thoughts are with nicholas' family and friends, the booth house community, residents and staff of i-house, and all who are touched by this loss. Nicholas was an excellent student, admired by faculty and peers alike."

"It's just so awful, it's just so horrible. He was a great kid, so jolly, just always had a bounce in his step, I can't believe it."

Student Found Dead in University of Chicago Dorm Room

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