Alexander Marion, a Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences first year, died on Sunday, according to an email from Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Salvador B. Mena.
Marion had been fighting against heart disease and was planning to major in computer science, according to the email. He was also involved in the Rutgers lacrosse club and a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.
Robert Zhu, Rutgers Business School junior and member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, organized a GoFundMe in Marion’s name to raise donations for the American Heart Association and the Lebanese Red Cross.
“In his short time, (Marion) had grown to become a close friend, brother and role model to many,” Zhu said, according to the GoFundMe. “He brightened the lives of all those around him, and it was devastating to lose him so soon. We will always remember him for his loving nature, charisma and the companionship he provided.”
Mena said counselors are available for students that may be seeking grief or general support through Rutgers Counseling, Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program and Psychiatric Services, according to the email. It is accessible via phone and video appointments.