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Bradley student commits suicide (UPDATED)

This is the only information I have currently. It’s a press release from the Peoria Police Department:

On Sunday, December 02, 2012, at approximately 1137hrs, the Peoria Police Department responded to a report of a possible suicide of a Bradley University student at [address redacted for family’s privacy].

As officers were responding they were advised by the caller that their roommate had killed himself. Upon officer’s arrival, a 22 year old male victim was found shot inside his locked bedroom. The male had been shot one time. At this time the investigation indicates that there was no indication of foul play and this does appear to be a suicide.

UPDATE: Bradley University President Joanne Glasser has released a statement to the “Campus Community”:

Dear Campus Community,

It is with a heavy heart that I share with you news of the passing of Bradley University senior John Battistoni. John passed away Sunday morning at a residence [near campus]. The cause of death is being investigated; there is no indication of foul play.

John was a construction major in the Department of Civil Engineering and Construction and a member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. He was from LaGrange, Illinois.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to John’s parents, Richard and Grace; his entire family; his fraternity brothers and all of his friends at this most difficult time. A date and time for his funeral and memorial service have not been established. We will share those details when they become available.

Counseling Services are available for students who need assistance at 309-677-2700 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. After 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, please call 309-677-3200 for any assistance.

With deepest sympathy and prayers,

Joanne K. Glasser

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