SUNY Geneseo student found dead at off-campus house

Posted at: 05/05/2014 11:29 AM
Updated at: 05/05/2014 7:18 PM
By: Berkeley Brean

SUNY Geneseo officials say a sophomore was found dead at his fraternity house on Center Street Sunday. Investigators are calling his death suspicious.

Alex Davis was 20-years-old and a 2012 graduate of Victor High School. He majored in biochemistry and was on the lacrosse team. 

Alex Davis lived in Wyoming Hall. He was found dead in a room at his fraternity house off-campus. Davis joined Phi Sigma XI last fall.  Police say his body was found inside the house. There were no signs of trauma, but police consider it suspicious. 

Ally Salerno, sophomore, said, “It's really catastrophic. You realize life is short and you never know when it's going to happen.”

Berkeley Brean, News10NBC, said, “Are you concerned at all about where he lived, that particular house? Some neighbors have expressed concern to us about what happens there.”

Lenny Sancilio, SUNY Geneseo Dean of Students, said, “Sure. He lived on campus. He's a sophomore. We have a two-year residency requirement, so all sophomores live on campus. I understand fraternity houses and reputations, but he lived in our residence hall.”

The university alerted students with an email Monday morning. That’s how Brian Yale, Davis’s dorm mate found out. 

Brian Yale, sophomore, said, “I couldn't believe it, at first, that a student is gone just like that. Makes us all feel vulnerable.”

Davis’s lacrosse coach released a statement saying, “Alex was an outstanding young man. You could see how much his parents and his family meant to him and how much he was loved.  Alex was a honest, caring, young man and we will all miss him very, very much."

Classes end Tuesday at SUNY Geneseo. Exams start Thursday. 

The college is offering counselors for members of the college community who are impacted by Davis' death. If you would like to speak individually with a counselor, please call 245-5716.

Davis was survived by his parents and an older bother.