Questions remain after death of SU senior track runner

The New York City medical examiner will conduct further tests to determine Sabrina Cammock's cause of death as the autopsy came back inconclusive.

New York City's Chief Medical Examiner does not yet know the cause of SU student-athlete and senior Sabrina Marsha-Gaye Cammock's death.

Cammock, 21, was found dead in her hotel room at the Hotel Edison in Times Square on Saturday around 9:20 a.m. She and friends had returned to the room March 6 after a night out during their spring break. Cammock didn't wake up the following morning.

Investigators didn't find drugs at the hotel and Cammock didn't have any signs of trauma. The initial autopsy reports didn't reveal a cause of death.

Julie Bolcer, spokewoman for the NYC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, said Sunday that the medical examiner has issued further tests to determine what happened to Cammock. Those results will not come in for several weeks. 

"The death is still under investigation," Bolcer said.

Hotel Edison in New York City

The Hotel Edison where Sabrina Cammock was found dead.          Photo by Luke Rafferty


Cammock, studying public health at the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, grew up in Queens, New York. She was the oldest of four children. 

Family members posted on social media about Cammock and shared their memories of her.

"RIP Cousin.Sabrina. we dnt understand but we ask god for his understanding. Gone too sooon.young full of potential so much to offer tge world but god chose you..," Dion Nelson posted to Facebook.

As a sprinter for SU track and field, she ran four years and holds the university record for the 4x100-meter. She also placed 13th in the 60-meter last week in the ACC Indoor Championships.

"Sabrina was a wonderful and remarkable person and student-athlete," Chris Fox, track and field head coach, said in a statement. "Our team and coaching staff are devastated by her loss. All of our thoughts are with Sabrina's family and friends."

Rebecca Reed Kantrowitz, senior vice president and dean of student affairs, sent an email to students and staff Saturday, in which she offered condolences to Cammock's family and friends.

"We know those in Falk College and Athletics are especially affected, and our thoughts are with the students, teammates, faculty, and staff who are part of these communities," Kantrowitz said. "It is a painful time for our entire campus community whenever we are faced with a tragedy such as this."

Kantrowitz gave students and staff the opportunity to reach out to the Counseling Center, Hendricks Chapel and the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program despite the university's spring break.

"We mourn as a campus community with all those whose lives Sabrina touched," she said.

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