Sophomore, 18, is 4th Penn student to die since December

Posted: February 07, 2014

A UNIVERSITY of Pennsylvania sophomore on Tuesday became the fourth Penn student to die since the start of winter break.

City health officials said Elvis Hatcher, 18, of Miami Beach, Fla., committed suicide by hanging himself. Where he was found was not disclosed.

Hatcher was the treasurer at Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity and an instructional-technology support assistant at the Wharton School, according to his LinkedIn profile. He made the Dean's List as a freshman and had received an associate degree in math from Miami Dade College as part of a dual-enrollment program during high school.

The Daily Pennsylvanian first reported Hatcher's death.

The university did not respond to requests for comment.

Hatcher's death comes less than three weeks after a Penn freshman jumped to her death from a Center City parking garage. A Daily News cover story yesterday examined the issue of college suicide, which often is not tracked or discussed by administrators.

Two other Penn students have died since the start of winter break, but the causes of their deaths have not been reported.

- Solomon Leach

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