The Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed that the recent deaths of both Temple students, James Orlando and Michael Paytas, were due to drug overdoses.
Philadelphia Police has provided a statement about the incident.
“On 12/2/17 at 6:50 AM the girlfriend of a 20-year-old deceased male reported that she woke up as the deceased was having labored breathing,” it reads. “Medics were called, the male was then unresponsive and pronounced on scene; the Medical Examiner’s office notified cause of death unknown at this time.”
According to police, foul play is not suspected. The Medical Examiner’s Office is not releasing information about the type of drugs involved in each case.
Dr. M. Moshe Porat, Dean of the Fox School of Business stated, “Our Fox School community is deeply saddened by the passing of James Orlando, the second loss we have suffered in recent days. Our thoughts and prayers are with James’ family and friends, to whom we send our heartfelt condolences.”
Original post: 12/3/17
PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—Temple University has experienced its second student death in one week.
James Orlando was pronounced dead in his apartment on the 1800 block of Berks Street after police responded to a 911 call at the off-campus residence on Saturday, December 2.
Orlando, 20, was discovered by medical officials who were unable to revive the third-year Fox School of Business student.
Orlando’s death comes less than seven days after Michael Paytas, another Fox School student, was discovered unconscious in Paley Library. Paytas was later pronounced dead at Hahnemann University Hospital.
This also comes just days after the preliminary hearing for Joshua Hupperterz, the man charged with the murder of 22-year-old Temple University student, Jenna Burleigh, in late-August.
“We are extremely saddened by the passing of James Orlando, a third-year business student from Reading, Pennsylvania,” said a spokesperson for Temple University.
FBI Philadelphia has received reports of phone scammers targeting former and current Temple students.
According to this tweet, the caller claims to be an FBI agent from the State College office. The office’s real information – like the caller ID and phone number – is displayed.
The FBI warns people to be aware of this scam and others of the same nature.
Posing as an FBI agent, the caller may claim there is a warrant for the victim’s arrest, which can be thrown out in exchange for payment. Other scenarios where the caller is demanding money have also been reported.
The caller usually knows personal information about the victim, such as their name, background, and personal cell phone number.
The FBI does not call people asking for money or threatening arrest.
Unlike the United States, which has celebrated Halloween in some form since the 19th century, the holiday has only gained popularity in Japan in recent years. This is partially due to amusement parks, like Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan hosting Halloween-themed events.
Now, Halloween is a billion-dollar industry, according to the Japan Anniversary Association. In 2016, Halloween costume shopping, themed dining and everything in between reached ¥135 billion, or $1.2 billion. The Halloween hub of Japan is Shibuya, a nightlife and entertainment district. Temple University Japan students dressed up in costumes to join in on the celebration.
In addition to celebrating Halloween in Tokyo neighborhoods like Shibuya, Temple
University Japan students participated in activities like a pumpkin-carving contest hosted by the school. Contest winners received Amazon gift cards.
Temple University student Cariann Denise Hithon was shot and killed by Miami Police on Sunday after allegedly running over a Miami Beach officer with her car.
Miami Beach Police Chief Dan Oates confirmed that Hithon was driving a black BMW when she crashed into multiple vehicles and then fled the scene.
When police arrived and prompted the 22-year-old to exit the vehicle, she allegedly accelerated and ran over an officer. Police then fired several shots, striking Hithon.
Hithon and the officer, identified as David Cajuso, were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, where Hithon died. Cajuso was later released.
A man who was in the car with Hithon was taken for questioning.
Hithon’s father told CBS4 that his daughter, who was from Bowie, Maryland, was in Miami to celebrate her 22nd birthday. She was a transfer student studying political science and philosophy.
Police have not announced the name of the officer involved in the shooting, which remains under investigation.
Temple Student Government has released a statement about the death of Hithon.
“This has been a painful semester, Owls. We know. We hear you. We see you. We support you,” the statement read. “We will continue to push unity and peace through these times because pain is always easier to deal with when you have people surrounding and encouraging you.”
Students are encouraged to utilize Tuttleman Counseling Services at 1700 N. Broad Street. More information can be accessed online or at 215-204-7276.
Temple University President Richard M. Englert has announced the death of 19-year-old student Richard Dalcourt.
Dalcourt died in a fall from his residence hall today, October 3rd. He was a first-year mechanical engineering major in the College of Engineering.
No other information about Dalcourt’s death has been made available at this time.
Temple students and community members are encouraged to utilize Tuttleman Counseling Services, which is located at 1700 N. Broad St. More information is available at 215-204-7276 or on Tuttleman Counseling Service’s website.
This is a developing story, check back for updates.
The preliminary hearing for Joshua Hupperterz has been rescheduled for late November before Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Patrick Dugan.
The first court hearing was Wednesday, but Hupperterz’s attorney cited the need to review the prosecution’s case.
“I need more time to do a little bit of investigation,” Nenner said.
Hupperterz is being held without bail at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility and has maintained his innocence.
UPDATED 9/5/17 4:30pm:
Temple Student Government and the Progressive NAACP are hosting a vigil in remembrance of Jenna Burleigh on Thursday from 3:30pm to 5pm. The event will be held in Founder’s Garden where there will be open-mic sharing and space to write letters to the Burleigh family. Candles and flowers will also be provided. All members of the Temple community are welcome to join.
UPDATED 9/3/17 5:00pm:
The Wayne County Coroner’s Office has announced that Temple student Jenna Burleigh died of blunt force trauma and strangulation.
The autopsy was completed Sunday morning, the same day Joshua Hupperterz, the man last seen with Burleigh, was arraigned on murder charges and denied bail.
Burleigh’s body was found Saturday in Hawley, Pa, 150 miles away from where she was last seen at Pub Webb off Temple’s main campus.
UPDATED 9/3/17 1:45pm:
Joshua Hupperterz was arraigned just before 5am Sunday morning, charged with the murder of Temple student Jenna Burleigh.
Hupperterz was also charged with abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence, and possession of an instrument of crime. He also faces multiple drug charges after police searched his 16th Street apartment and found drugs in the home.
According to Philadelphia Police, “Hupperterz informed [a detective] that he had been so drunk when he left the bar he had no recollection of who he had been with.”
According to documents on the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania Web Portal, a judge has denied bail for Hupperterz, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 20 at 9am.
This is not Hupperterz’s first brush with the law. Police records show charges including possession of drug paraphernalia and other drug charges 2010, theft of a vehicle in 2011, and charges of a DUI, burglary, and theft in 2013.
UPDATED 9/2/17 9:15pm:
Philadelphia Police held a press conference this evening announcing they have recovered Jenna Burleigh’s body in Wayne County, about 25 miles east of Scranton.
Joshua Hupperterz, a 29 year old former Temple student, has been arrested and is being charged with the murder of Jenna Burleigh. Police say Burleigh’s body was recovered on the property of Hupperterz’s grandmother in Hawley, Pa, but they believe Burleigh was killed in the 16th Street apartment and transported to Wayne County.
Police believe Hupperterz and Burleigh had no prior relationship, and had met the night Jenna disappeared. In his statement to police, Hupperterz “admitted to elements of the crime,” Philadelphia Police said during the press conference.
The circumstances and cause of death remain unclear at this time.
Temple University president Richard Englert released a statement via email to the Temple Community this evening, expressing his condolences to everyone who knew Jenna.
“Jenna joined the Temple community just this week as a junior transfer student from Montgomery County Community College, majoring in film and media arts. Our deepest sympathies go out to Jenna’s family and her classmates, both here at Temple and at Montgomery County Community College,” read the statement.
Englert also reminded students that there are resources available to them during this difficult time at the Tuttleman Counseling Services on Main Campus, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by calling 215-204-7276.
UPDATED 9/2/17 11:00am:
Police have searched a home on the 1700 block of 16th Street, which is said to be the home of a friend of Jenna’s.
A roommate reported to police that it looked like someone had tried to cover up blood stains in parts of the home. Police found the man at his grandmother’s home in Scranton, PA, and then obtained a search warrant for the apartment.
Homicide units were seen at the site of the home, as well as a cadaver dog, but the dog did not find anything.
No arrests have been made at this time, and no other information has been made available by police.
Temple student Jenna Burleigh has been reported missing by the Lower Salford Police Department.
The 22-year-old was last seen in the area of Pub Webb (1527 Cecil B. Moore Avenue) at 2 AM on August 31st. She was wearing a white shirt with a light blue jacket tied around her waist.
Any information should be reported to Temple Police at 215-204-1234 or Confidential Tip Line at 215-204-6493.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.