A Shepherd University student from Frederick died Thursday night after jumping from a bridge into the Potomac River, officials said.

Omayemi “Yemi” Amorighoye, 23, was found in the river near Shepherdstown Pike and the Route 34 bridge at around 11:45 p.m., the Washington County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

Deputies later determined that Amorighoye had jumped off the bridge. His body was taken to the medical examiner's office in Baltimore for an autopsy, according to the release.

The sheriff's office declined to give Amorighoye's name in the release, but The (Hagerstown) Herald-Mail reported that Shepherd University spokeswoman Valerie Owens confirmed he was a student at the school.

A woman who answered the door at his family's home in Frederick said they were not yet ready to discuss the matter.

Amorighoye was a senior filmmaker majoring in communication and new media and minoring in English, according to a Nov. 1 email to the campus community from Tom Segar, Shepherd's vice president for student affairs.

He was active in college life and held an on-campus job, Segar wrote.

Amorighoye was also named to the dean's list at Shepherd in fall 2012, The News-Post previously reported. He was a 2008 graduate of Gov. Thomas Johnson High School.

In his profile on the video hosting site Vimeo, Amorighoye described himself as an aspiring young filmmaker who enjoyed creating "experimental visual compositions ranging in all different genres."

"I hope to become a well renowned filmmaker and visual artist," Amorighoye wrote. "I aspire to create innovative and artistic films and videos."

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How very sad! [thumbup] for the reporting. [thumbdown] on president8444's comment.


thrill seeker??/


Pathetic moderating[thumbdown]


Now that you have removed the posting of "el president" how about just closing the discussion section on this article all together. You should have never let it be opened!


[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] No reason to open these articles to comments.



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