Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Pittsburg State Student Ashly Erickson Dies While Celebrating with Friends Ahead of Graduation

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Pittsburg State Student Ashly Erickson Dies While Celebrating with Friends Ahead of Graduation

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PITTSBURG -- A Pittsburg State University student died Thursday night, two days before her graduation.

Witnesses said Ashly Erickson, 23, collapsed while celebrating the completion of her studies with her friends at the bar 505, located at 505 N. Broadway. A commencement ceremony is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Maj. Brent Narges, of the Pittsburg Police Department, said the death isn't suspicious. An "inquiry" into the circumstances is expected, Narges said.

"It it is definitely not alcohol-related," he said. "It appears to have been some kind of medical incident."

Erickson, who studied marketing and management, suffered injuries from her collapse, witnesses said. Narges said Pittsburg police assisted Crawford County EMS on the scene.

Erickson's sorority said it will provide assistance to her local Alpha Gamma Delta chapter, Epsilon Kappa. …

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