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GHS student death under investigation

Sunday, December 16, 2007

The death of a Greencastle High School senior on Saturday morning is under investigation by Indiana State Police.

An autopsy is scheduled Monday for Dietrich Jerjuan Jackson, 17, who was found unresponsive at his grandmother's residence at 1290 E. CR 225 South, Greencastle.

Putnam County Coroner Thomas Miller told the BannerGraphic that Jackson had attended a party Friday night, and had returned to his grandmother's home where he was residing. When someone tried to wake up Jackson Saturday morning, he was unresponsive.

Operation Life ambulance personnel were called to the scene, and Greencastle firefighters were also called out at 10:38 a.m. Saturday to assist on the medical run.

The Indiana State Police were called in to investigate at 12:15 p.m. Saturday, and remained on the scene throughout the day.

Several friends of Jackson went to the scene after hearing the news of his death, Miller said, so Greencastle High School was contacted and the cafeteria was opened so that friends and relatives could gather to meet with counselors and clergy.

GHS assistant principal Russ Hesler said a statement is being prepared to read to students Monday, and counselors will be available.

Investigating the death are ISP Det. Jim Dungan, Brian Maudlin and Brian Smith.

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-- Posted by savethekids on Mon, Dec 17, 2007, at 3:31 PM

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