A Millersville University student passed away over the weekend, and the college freshman’s boyfriend has been arrested for her death.
According to ABC News, Karlie Hall, 18, was a freshman at Millersville University, in central Pennsylvania, and was romantically involved with Gregorio Orrostieta, 19. Early Sunday morning both Millersville University and Millersville Borough police were reportedly called to Bard Hall, a dormitory on Millersville University’s campus according to NBC Philadelphia.
When police arrived at the scene around 5 a.m., Orrostieta was reportedly covered in blood and performing CPR. When first responders arrived, Hall was unresponsive and medics later pronounced her dead.
While no cause of death has been determined as of this report, officials have stated that the Millersville University student died under suspicious circumstances and police have since arrested Orrostieta and charged him with aggravated assault.
Police state that Orrostieta confessed to being in a physical altercation with Hall at the time, claiming that he had shoved the Millersville University student. She then fell and reportedly hit her head on a chair. Orrostieta also claimed to have backhanded her in the face, causing her to become unresponsive according to an arrest affidavit.
Earlier in the evening, Orrostieta claims that they had argued earlier in the evening at a party, and that she had hit him first. After that argument Orrostieta stated that he and Hall made up and returned to her dorm on the Millersville University campus. When police did arrive on the scene early Sunday morning, Orrostieta did have blood smeared on his face and a cut on his forehead. According to ABC News, Orrostieta’s shirt was also torn, “exposing scratch marks on his chest,” and he also had blood on his jeans and hands.
Millersville University’s communications director, Janet Kacskocs stated that the entire campus has been shaken by these events.
“We’ve never had this happen. We’re a pretty bucolic, rural campus. Very safe,” Kacskos said.
Millersville University’s president John Anderson reached out to the students, staff and the surrounding communities and expressed his condolences via a letter to the community that has been posted to the University’s website.
“It is with profound sadness that I write to you this evening. Our university community has suffered an unfathomable loss, the death of one of our students, Karlie Hall, of Chadds Ford, Pa. I ask that you join me in sending our thoughts and prayers to Karlie’s family and friends. If you personally knew Karlie, please accept my heartfelt condolences at this most difficult time. Students personally impacted by the loss are encouraged to seek support. Counseling services as well as spiritual guidance through campus ministries is available to all students. Counselors have been on campus all day and will be available throughout the coming week. For more information on counseling services contact 717-872-3122 or visit the 3rd floor of Lyle Hall. For information on campus ministries visit the University website at: www.millersville.edu/campusministries/on-campus-ministries.php. We will do our best to keep the Millersville University community informed with accurate information as we receive it.”
Orrostieta is currently being held on a $1.5 million bail and a court hearing has been scheduled for February 19.
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