Marquis Brown Dead: Duquesne Football Player Commits Suicide

Marquis “Jaylen” Brown died after jumping off of the 16th floor of Brottier Hall in Duquesne University on October 4. Brown was a junior in the McNulty College of Liberal Arts. The Duquesne Duke was the first to report on the death. Duquesne University is a private Catholic institution located in Pittsburgh. The Duke quotes school President Ken Gormley as expressing “great sadness” at the news of Brown’s death. Gormley added that a memorial service will be held for Brown on October 7. Brown was a sophomore at the school and a running back on the school’s football team.

In a statement, Head Coach Jerry Schmitt said, “The team met early this afternoon as a group and decided that the best way to honor JB’s memory is to play Saturday’s game as scheduled. We left the decision purely up to the team and made it clear that we would support them whether they chose to play or not. This has been a difficult day for everyone associated with our football program and the University as a whole. Above all, we continue to offer our thoughts and prayers to the Brown family.” While the school’s athletic director, Dave Harper, said, “We are all deeply saddened by the passing of Marquis Brown. Our prayers and efforts are focused on supporting his family, friends and teammates through this most difficult time.”

According to Brown’s Duquesne profile, he was a 245 pound, 6-foot tall running back. Brown was a native of Washington D.C. and attended DeMatha High School.

The Duke reports that police were called to the 16th floor of Brottier Hall on the night of October 4 to investigate a disturbance report. While officers were speaking with Brown, he ran towards a nearby window and jumped out. Brown was rushed to UPMC Mercy Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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Source: Heavy Sports