UPDATE: Tamarack death alcohol-related

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

The Bemidji Police Department announced today that they believe the Sunday, Sept. 30, death of a 19-year-old man on the Bemidji State University campus was alcohol-related.

According to a release from Bemidji Police Captain David LaZella, Isaac Morris, of Cokato, fell from the 7th floor of Tamarack Hall around 12:30 a.m. Cause of death was ruled to be head trauma.

Preliminary autopsy results from the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office determined Morris had been drinking. Detectives with the Bemidji Police Department then interviewed seven adults who either hosted or procured alcohol for a large party that night on the 2500 block of Calihan Avenue near campus.

The case has been referred to the Beltrami County Attorney’s Office, for charges of felony-level providing alcohol to a minor that results in death, or misdemeanors.

“In the wake of this tragedy, the Bemidji Police Department would like to remind all students to think responsibly and take proper precautions for personal safety in all activities,” said LaZella in a release.


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