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Sussex students discover dead body at house viewing

The Badger

ByThe Badger

Mar 17, 2015

Four Sussex students were left shocked after finding a dead body in a house they were viewing in Brighton last week.

Police were called to a house in Vere Road on Friday afternoon shortly after 1pm, when the body of a Brighton University student was discovered by the group of second years and the letting agent.

The Tab first broke the news on Monday, three days after the body was discovered in the four-bedroomed property.

An anonymous source told the paper that the student was found slumped at his desk. Other sources have said that the students could ‘smell something funny’.

Reportedly, the existing tenants said that they had not seen the student for ‘two days’.

Sussex Police have released a statement to The Badger confirming the name of the deceased. However, the post-mortem results are yet to be released identifying the cause of death.

A spokesperson from the police said: “A post mortem examination has taken place but further tests are needed in order to establish exact cause of death. However the death is not being treated as suspicious.”

Trevor Munyanyi, aged 23, was a finalist studying Business and Management who was expected to graduate with a first-class degree. According to his LinkedIn page, Munyanyi he was a trained and half-qualified FA football coach.

Munyanyi had, alongside his studies, worked at AllSaints. One of his colleagues paid tribute to Munyanyi’s memory on social media.

“You truly were the most amazing person I have ever met in my life,” the colleague wrote; many other students from both Sussex and Brighton universities have also paid tribute. Another wrote “RIP Trev! I can’t believe this news I am in absolute shock!! All my thoughts are with you xxxxxx”.

This is the second death of a Brighton University student in a week; another student, Aaron Dunford, was found dead outside of his house last Monday.

Brighton University released a statement to The Badger: “We have been deeply saddened by the deaths and our thoughts are with Trevor’s and Aaron’s families and friends at this time. We are offering support to their fellow students and to course staff.”

Students affected by this stories have been advised to contact the student life centre. Welfare officer, Rianna Gargiulo commented: “At the Students’ Union we have all been very upset to hear about this incident.

“I hope that the students have been made aware of the support services that the University offers, such as use of the counselling service, the stu- dent life centre and the mitigating ev- idence process if they feel as though they have been significantly affected by this.

“Our deepest sympathy also goes out to the deceased student’s family and friends.”

A post mortem result on both deaths is expected later this week.

Louis Patel and Paul Millar

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