Hampton University student, Randallstown native drowns at pool party

A 17-year-old Hampton University student drowned while attending a pool party on the Virginia campus on Wednesday.

University officials said David Esan, of Randallstown, was at a party at Holland Hall when he drowned. University spokeswoman Yuri Milligan said Esan was spotted in the gymnasium pool after the party broke up, at about 11:50 p.m. Wednesday. She said several people called 911 to report the drowning.

"Lifeguards and paramedics attempted to revive him on the scene," she reported in a press release. Milligan said Esan was transported to Sentara CarePlex Hospital and was pronounced dead there.

Hampton University Police are investigating the incident, which Milligan called an accident in the statement. Lifeguards were working at the party, she added.

Esan graduated from Western School of Technology and Environmental Science in Baltimore. He was a member of the Hampton University choir and a resident of Harkness Hall. Milligan said, "He was recognized as one of Harkness Hall's 16 Men of Excellence, for his commitment to academics and community service."

Milligan said university officials will meet Thursday to discuss plans for a memorial for Esan.

Hampton University counselors are available to meet with students at the counseling center in the Armstrong Slater Building. Students also can reach counselors by calling 727-5617.

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