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Statement: Off-Campus Incident

It is with saddened hearts that Bethune-Cookman University announces the loss of two students and the critical injury of a former student.  The students were victims of a fatal domestic violence incident that occurred at a privately owned apartment complex in Daytona Beach, Florida early Thursday afternoon.  While the campus's Department of Public Safety is working with the Daytona Beach Police Department (DBPD), it is considered an active investigation and DBPD will release all official information.

Bethune-Cookman University's first priority is the safety and well being of the students. We will continue to communicate and educate the B-CU family about domestic violence and general conflict resolution.   Our Department of Public Safety is readily available to assist all students who are in need of conflict mediation and security services.  In addition, personnel in Counseling Services are available for grief counseling. 

 This is a very unfortunate incident and our thoughts and prayers are with the families, loved ones and fellow classmates of these students. 

Office of Communications

Keisha Byd
Director of Communications
PH: 386.481.4991
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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship, and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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