Rumors, concerns continue at TSU

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 6, 2001

Features Editor

In an effort not to compromise the investigation into the death of a Troy State University freshmant, mum is the word for university officials.

"Unfortunately we have nothing to add to the information that has been released," said Dave Barron,

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director of university relations at TSU. "And, we possibly might not have anything to release for some time."

The death of Brandi Hobson is under investigation by the campus police, the Troy Police Department and the Pike County District Attorney’s office.

The 17-year-old Clio native was found unconscious in her dorm room at Clements Hall Sunday night by her parents. She was pronounced dead by Pike County Coroner Jerry Williams at the scene.

Fear and concerns have been fueled by the uncertainty surrounding her death and the rumor mill has been churning.

Barron said he could not release any information that would dispel concerns that Hobson had been physically abused or of a predator on campus.

"We just can’t say anything at this point because of the on-going investigation," he said.

However, he did say increased police patrols and changes in housing entry procedures were implemented at the request of the students.

"Meetings were held in the resident halls on Monday and the altered security measures were the outcome of concerns expressed by the students," Barron said. "We took prudent steps to respond to the needs of the students and their parents."

According to Barron, university dormitories can, now, only be accessed by residents’ ID cards. Previous policies allowed residents and guests to enter the front door of the buildings without an ID until late hours.

"Guests are still required to sign in and provide some ID at the front desk of the resident halls," he said.

Barron said university officials understand rumors are circulating and there is concern, but it is imperative that nothing is said or done to jeopardize the investigation.

He also expressed concern for the family of the Brandi Hobson.

"We are all deeply saddened by her death," he said. "Troy State is a small community

within a small town and everyone has been affected by this. But, we would ask students who have concerns to discuss these concerns or fears with the RA in their dorm."

A hot line is in place for parents who have concerns. That number is 670-3203.