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Johns Hopkins student found dead on campus identified as 19-year-old Stella Chung

A 19-year-old from California was identified Thursday as the student at the Johns Hopkins University who was found dead on campus last weekend.

Police arrived at the university around 8:20 p.m. Saturday to find medics treating 19-year-old Stella Chung inside her suite at the college.

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She was pronounced dead at the scene by medics, and police did not find any signs of an attack or self-inflicted wound. The student’s family was notified and officials are investigating the circumstances surrounding the student’s death pending the results of an autopsy.

A cause of death had not been determined as of Thursday morning, police said. Hopkins officials said there was no community health or safety concerns related to the incident.

Chung was a first-year student at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and “quickly became an actively engaged member" of the university community, said Vice Provost for Student Affairs Alanna Shanahan and Dean of Student Life Smita Ruzicka in an email to students Thursday.

Chung came to Hopkins from San Diego, where she graduated from Torrey Pines High School. She was a talented violinist who began playing the instrument as a 5-year-old, according to the email.

“She also cared deeply about serving the underprivileged and devoted her time to charitable work with children,” the email said.

Chung participated in the HopkinsLEAD pre-orientation program, was a member of the Chamber Music Ensemble and competed with the Hopkins Sport Taekwondo Club team, where she became an executive board member, the email states.

The club website states Chung was majoring in public health.

“Stella will be remembered as a valued and loved member of our Hopkins family,” Shanahan and Ruzicka wrote. “We will miss the bright light she brought to the lives of those who had the honor to know her."

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The Chung family invited mourners to attend a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Saturday at Sts. Philip and James Catholic Church & University Parish at 2801 N. Charles St. A reception will follow the service with refreshments and an opportunity to share memories and reflections.

Students and faculty also were invited to express condolences to the family by addressing an email or letter to “The Family of Stella Chung” and sending it to the Office of the Dean of Student Life.

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