Student dies, benefit to be held

By Lauren Duncan

The cause of death of an SIU student has yet to be determined.

Rev. Bob Gray, SIUC’s police chaplain, confirmed Nathan Morrow, a student and member of the congregation at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Carbondale where Gray is a pastor, died Thursday. Although the cause of death is undetermined, Morrow had been at St. Louis University Hospital after being involved in an assault incident on Oct. 23, sources have told the Daily Egyptian.

University information states the 31-year-old was a senior studying art.


Shawn Spooner, one of Morrow’s coworkers at the Student Center’s Craft Shop, said he will be greatly missed. Spooner said she has attended the university with Morrow for five years, and he was a very passionate person with a passionate heart and loved what he did.

Spooner said she wants the campus community to know Morrow was a genuine, one-of-a-kind person.

Gray said visitation and funeral services will be held in his hometown of Mount Pulaski on Tuesday. He said a memorial service will be also be held at 3 p.m. Nov. 25 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Carbondale.

A benefit will also be held to raise funds for the Morrow family. Two bands, I Am Ruin and In The Wake of Fiction, will play at 10 p.m. Nov. 28 at Tres Hombres, where a silent auction and raffle will be held as well.

Calls made to the Carbondale Police Department concerning the assault incident have not been returned, and Gray said an autopsy will be performed.