Graduate assistant dies Wednesday

By Luke Nozicka, @LukeNozicka

Fiyinfoluwa Onarinde, a graduate student and teaching assistant in English, died Wednesday, SIU’s spokesperson Rae Goldsmith said.

Goldsmith did not know the cause of Onarinde’s death. She said Onarinde, 31, was from Nigeria. This was his first semester on campus.

The Carbondale Police Department responded to the 500 block of South Logan Street for “what was determined to be a deceased person inside of their residence,” according to a news release. 


Goldsmith said the English department is planning “a small service at some point in the future” in honor of Onarinde, who lived off campus.

“At this time there has been nothing found to indicate foul play is involved,” police say.

The investigation is ongoing.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available. 

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