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News Nearby: Death of Washington & Jefferson Student Under Investigation

Washington County Coroner Tim Warco said the manner of death for Timothy McNerney is pending an investigation.

The death of a student at Washington & Jefferson College Thursday is under investigation.

Washington County Coroner Tim Warco said in a release that Timothy McNerney, of Robinson Road, Butler, was discovered at College and Maiden in the city at 4:42 a.m. Thursday.

He was taken to the Washington County Hospital emergency room, where he later died, according to the Observer-Reporter newspaper.

The death is being treated as suspicious, Warco said in a release.

The cause of death is pending an autopsy and the manner of death is pending an investigation.

No further details were immediately available Thursday morning.

But W&J President Tori Haring-Smith released the following message on the school's website Thursday afternoon:

"The W&J community is heartbroken over the death of senior Tim McNerney of Butler, PA, on Oct. 4. While we do not yet know the full circumstances, the entire Washington & Jefferson College community is in shock, and our deepest prayers are with Tim's family and friends.

We promise to keep the W&J community informed as we learn more about this tragic off-campus incident. I also want to assure you that we are working closely with the police as they investigate. The safety of our students, both on and off campus, continues to be our highest priority. The campus remains safe and secure. Security escorts will be available at any time for anyone who would like them, whether on or off campus.

I am here on campus—as are the rest of the faculty and administration—ready to help all students, in any way we can. In addition, grief counselors will continue to be available to help students work through their grief and shock. The campus community will be gathering this evening, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. on the Burnett Lawn to honor Tim, and we will be meeting in small and large groups for support.

This is the time when having a close-knit community is essential. As I have been telling the students, incidents like this make us all feel lost. We need to hold on to each other as members of the W&J family and take strength from one another as we grieve together."

Justin Hicktits October 04, 2012 at 04:40 PM
all of the bums that live in Washington should be ashamed. They have taken the life of a man with a long life ahead of him, not just another crackhead. We need to hunt the bums like we hunt deer to control their population before they overtake the world!
Matthew young October 04, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Oh yeah that will work
Janet Smith October 04, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Are we sure who did this. just because people are poor doesn't give anyone the right to call them bums. How do we know someone with money didnt do this. I think this issue between the rich and the poor is getting as bad as the racism. I feel we were all create by our heavenly Father. And no one has a right to judge us.Whether we are rich, or poor, black or White. we are all equals
Tara Smith October 04, 2012 at 11:13 PM
No matter what happened though, we need to keep him and his family and friends and the rest of the W&J community in our thoughts. Truly a tragedy of whom whose life was cut short :(
devastatedw&j October 05, 2012 at 12:13 AM
If there was a god, he wouldn't have let this happen.
devastatedw&j October 05, 2012 at 12:14 AM
agreed
haters gonna hate October 05, 2012 at 12:20 AM
No one ever said that only poor people committed crimes, Janet. No one ever said that anyone at w&j was racist or hated the townspeople, Janet. We did know someone with money didn't do this, as the creeps that committed the crime were interested in cell phones and wallets and an innocent man had to lose his life over their greed and disrespect for human life. It's not like you accidentally beat a man to death. May he rest in peace.
Sara Montgomery October 05, 2012 at 07:36 AM
someone with money doesn't beat someone to death over the contents of a wallet or a cell phone ... nor will a lot of people who are barely getting by. It's not an issue of richness or poorness. Please just consider if that was your son or daughter who was killed and then speak your mind. May everyone bite their tongues until they personally feel the loss of a murdered loved one.
Bryon Rardin October 05, 2012 at 12:21 PM
we can't pin every bad thing that happens on God. he gave us free will to do good or bad. like i said we should turn our hearts toward healing. i never met the guy but from the sounds of it he was a good man and genuinely cared about people. so i'm sure he wouldn't want anyone to build hate in their hearts. let the police do the finger pointing. and we as a community should do our best to honor a fellow human being's life in any way we can.
Amanda Gillooly October 06, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Carl, your comment was deleted for profanity.
Amanda Gillooly October 06, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Byron - same thing. No profanity please.
Marcianna50 October 06, 2012 at 01:59 PM
You do NOT know someone with money "didn't do this". Many people steal and beat others for the control, not for the riches. The "bounty" may be kept merely as a souvenir. More focus should be spent thinking of prevention of such a wasteful crime; wasteful for all concerned. An incredible young man was taken far too soon and those responsible will eventually be caught and their lives too will effectively have ended. Families on all sides suffer and young Mr. McNerney's family will never fill the loss of what was to come. Was his death intentional (?), probably not, but the act was and the result of this act cannot be undone. What a tragedy. Maybe there were not six black men at all - maybe there is more than meets the eye. One thing you all know to be a certainty, Mr. McNerney was an innocent and he is not here to tell what happened. Other than that....
martinguy October 08, 2012 at 10:16 PM
The only thing we do know FOR A FACT is that it was " 5 or 6 black males " We know this from the WITNESS...dont walk on eggshells just to be politically correct.....let the FACTS speak for themselves...my youngest knew Tim and she is at the funeral home as we speak.....heavy hearts around Butler today.....

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