Georgia Southern student found dead in same apartment complex where another student died in March


For the second time in six months, the GBI is investigating the death of a Georgia Southern University student in the same university housing facility.

Malik Jones, a 20-year-old junior, was found dead about 8 p.m. Tuesday in his apartment in the Freedom’s Landing complex, the GBI said in a statement.

The cause and manner of Jones’ death are not known. A GBI medical examiner performed an autopsy Wednesday. Results are pending.

 

Bulloch County Coroner Jake Futch told the Statesboro Herald there was no visible indication how or why Jones died.

"It is with sadness that we inform you of the passing of our student, Malik Dante Jones,” Dr. Patrice Buckner Jackson, the dean of students, said in a statement. “Malik was a junior in the management program on the Statesboro Campus. Our thoughts are with Malik's family, friends and classmates."

Statesboro police are assisting the GBI in the investigation. Anyone with knowledge of the incident is asked to contact the GBI at 912-871-1121.

On March 1, the body of 22-year-old Bradley Frietas, a Decatur High School graduate, was found at Freedom’s Landing by responders conducting a wellness check.

Frietas died of accidental acute heroin and fentanyl toxicity, according to a GBI autopsy. The investigation into his death is ongoing.

When questioned Thursday about the deaths occurring at the same housing facility, GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles would not comment on any possible connection.

MORE: Georgia Southern student from Decatur found dead on campus

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