By: Ugonna Okpalaoka
A Valdosta State University freshman’s parents are distraught after finding out about her death on Facebook.
According to CBS Atlanta, Jasmine Benjamin, 17, was found dead last Sunday, November 18 in her dorm’s common study room area. Valdosta Police did not suspect foul play at first, but the case has since turned into a homicide investigation because of suspicions that her body was moved.
Benjamin’s mother, Judith, and her stepfather, James, told the local station that university officials never notified them about their daughter’s death. Instead, they learned about it from a friend’s Facebook post.
“For someone to be so insensitive not to reach out to the family, or not even to keep up with what’s going on because it’s a holiday and you’re going away on vacation or whatever you’re doing — it’s very, very hurtful to say the least,” James said.
He said police told him her death went unnoticed for 12 hours because her fellow students thought she was just sleeping on the study room couch.
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