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July 9, 2018

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It is with profound sadness that Wilfrid Laurier University mourns the death of student Chuck Ozulumba, who drowned July 6 on the Ottawa River near Renfrew, Ontario. Ozulumba was preparing to enter his fourth-year as a Bachelor of Business Administration student at the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics on Laurier’s Waterloo campus.

The Dean of Students has been in touch with the Ozulumba family to offer the Laurier community’s heartfelt sympathies and support. Flags will be lowered to half-mast across the university in recognition of this loss to the Laurier community.

Ozulumba was on a weekend excursion with other Laurier students at the time of his death. The university is extending support and counselling services to these and other students who knew him.

Visitation is scheduled for Thursday, July 12, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Chapel Ridge Funeral Home, 8911 Woodbine Avenue, Markham ON. A funeral service is taking place Saturday, July 14 at 11 a.m. at St. Philips on-the-hill, 9400 Kennedy Road, Unionville, ON. In response to students’ interest in supporting the Ozulumba family, a Go Fund Me page has been established.

Losing a student has a deep impact on the entire Laurier community. The university is focused on supporting each other and ensuring the well-being of students, faculty and staff. Those who need assistance are encouraged to access the following services:

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