Questions Remain in Union University Student Death Investigation

Heather Mathis

JACKSON, Tenn.- Questions still surround the death of Union University student Olivia Greenlee, who was found dead of a gunshot wound inside her car parked on the edge of campus, Wednesday.

Jackson Police told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News Thursday they have not ruled the shooting death a suicide or homicide. Union University president, Dr. David Dockery said he wants to reassure parents and the community their campus is safe.

Dockery said the campus has not increased security, because he feels the students are already well protected.

"From our standpoint at Union, we don't feel it's unsafe," explained Dr. Dockery. "Our campus security is layers we work three shifts around the clock."

Union student, Morgan Murfe, said while questions surround the death of Greenlee, she is trying not to worry.

"It will just make us uneasy and scared so there is no need to speculate when there are no answers for now," Murfe said.

"We trust our security team," Dockery said. "We think it is a very isolated event, and not something that will reoccur."

The school did bring in nine extra grief counselors Thursday to help with students coping with the loss, and the school also canceled all classes for the day.

"We are spending all of our time fully invested in providing car for our students," Dockery said.

"God will bring good out of this, and we all have hope and strength in that," Murfe said.

The school will hold a special chapel service at 10 a.m. Friday. Jackson Police said they are still awaiting a preliminary autopsy report in Greenlee's death.


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