Coroner: College student died of head injuries

A coroner says a freshman lacrosse recruit at a private Pennsylvania college found unconscious over the weekend died from blunt force head injuries.

A vigil for Williams was held Tuesday night and counselors are available to students, the university said.

Among the crowd at the vigil were Lafayette’s men’s lacrosse and women’s lacrosse teams, about 100 in all.

“It is upsetting”, she told the newspaper. The lacrosse goalie was found unresponsive the previous afternoon outside the dormitory Ruef Hall North, Easton police said.

McCrae Williams, 19, was pronounced dead at 5:02 Lehigh Valley Hospital in Salisbury Township, according to Coroner Scott Grim.

“Obviously when you have a death like this, a kid this age, something’s going on, so nothing is out of play here”, Terence Houck, first deputy district attorney for Northampton County, told the Morning Call.

Police in Easton have only said that 19-year-old McCrae Williams was involved in a “chain of events” that began Saturday at Lafayette College and ended with his death at a hospital Monday afternoon.

“We’re not going to release specifics of investigation because it is too early to tell and we’re not going to compromise the investigation, but we believe the medical emergency started possibly Saturday evening”, said Lt. Matthew Gerould, Easton Police Department.

In a letter to students and parents, the headmaster of Noble and Greenough School – the MA academy Williams graduated from in June – said the 19-year-old athlete had suffered a “major head injury” after a fall.

Police have not confirmed that he fell or that he suffered a head injury.

“We understand that a criminal investigation related to McCrae’s death is now underway”, Hall said in a statement to

At Noble and Greenough, a boarding school for grades seven through 12 in Dedham, Mass., Williams was “a beloved member of the community” as well as a three-sport athlete and excellent student, who worked as a campus tour guide, Head of School Catherine Hall said in her letter to parents and students. “Our hearts ache for McCrae’s parents, Dianne and Chris, and his brother, Chase, as they face this unfathomable loss”.

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