CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) - A second body pulled from the Appomattox River Wednesday morning has been identified as the remaining Virginia State University student listed as missing.
The Chesterfield Fire Department recovered the body of Jauwan Holmes around 11:15 a.m. Wednesday morning. The positive identification was released Friday.
The body of Marvell Edmondson was recovered Monday.
Holmes, 19, of Williamsburg, and Edmondson, 19, of Portsmouth, were last seen Saturday around 1:30 a.m. in the Appomattox River.
The pair were said to have been involved in a hazing incident for a group called Men of Honor. Law enforcement officials made several arrests in connection to the suspected drowning.
VSU President Keith T. Miller released the following statement:
"This week, the entire VSU community was shaken by the tragic loss of two of our own. Freshmen Jauwan Holmes and Marvell Edmondson were taken far too soon. Jauwan and Marvell were young men of promise and potential. They were loved by friends, classmates and family.
The loss of these two students is obviously very important. Our campus tragedy has united us in common grief. Together we waited, prayed and grieved. Through tragedy, our students shined brightly! With media eyes glaring, our students displayed the Trojan dignity and pride for which VSU is known! To the students who organized vigils, who held one another, who listened with an open ear and open mind, we are eternally grateful."
Anyone with information that could help should call the Chesterfield County Police at (804) 748-125 or the VSU Department of Police and Public Safety at (804) 524-5411.
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