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Police Identify Former Student Found Dead in Apartments

FAU police identified the body found dead Tuesday afternoon in a campus apartment as former student Kyle Ramstrum.

Ramstrum, who describes himself as “tall,” “abnoxious” [sic] and “funny” on his Facebook profile, passed away in his sleep in a friend’s bed at the University Village Apartments between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday.

As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, FAU police have not determined the cause of death and aren’t releasing any details, but student interviews in Building 60 say Ramstrum – who lives off campus – died in Room 234 after a night of drinking.

Multiple student witnesses say they saw Ramstrum “drinking,” “taking vodka shots,” “crunching roxies” and “taking Xanax.”

According to Vanessa Lozada, a resident of Room 234, Ramstrum spent the night Monday in roommate Bailey Mcallister’s bed because he didn’t want to go home.

“We were all just hanging out the night before, drinking a little but nothing crazy,” says Lozada. “Kyle [Ramstrum] crashed in Bailey [Mcallister]’s bed and when I woke up around 9:30 a.m. he was snoring.”

Lozada, a junior criminal justice major, says Ramstrum was snoring so loudly that Mcallister got out of bed around 9:30 a.m. and went upstairs to sleep on the couch in the living room.

“I went back to bed after that and woke up around 11:30 a.m., and I peeked in the room and he was still alive. Bailey [Mcallister] found him when she woke up around 1 p.m.,” Lozada says.

Lozada says Mcallister was “frantic” and “hysterical” when she couldn’t wake Ramstrum.

“I knew from the way the body looked and how he was placed, I knew that he was gone. He was so pale – so, so pale,” says Lozada about the first time she saw Ramstrum’s dead body.

The girls didn’t call the police first, but chose instead to call the resident assistant for Building 60. At that point, the R.A. found the body and called the FAU Police Department.

Police arrived shortly after the call to begin the investigation, including taking witness statements and asking questions about what the roommates saw and what happened.

According to Lozada, the deceased was a guy who was “cool” and someone to “just joke around with and watch TV.”

Lozada says she also knew Ramstrum was depressed and had recently broken up with his girlfriend.

As far as an overdose, Lozada says she didn’t know until Tuesday night that he even did drugs.

“I asked Bailey [Mcallister] why he would do something like that and she said he was depressed, his girlfriend and him broke up, and [he had] family problems on top of that,” Lozada says.

After FAU police finished interviewing the four roommates, Lozada says they all went home. She suspects Mcallister will not be back this semester. The girls were all offered new rooms, and Lozada left her apartment around 7 p.m. to spend the night another building. She says she hopes to get a new apartment and does not want to go back to room 234.

See more of the UP‘s photos at SunSentinel.com.

Click here for yesterday’s story about the death at the student apartments.

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