Montevallo dealing with another loss

Students at the University of Montevallo are dealing with another loss after a student was found dead in his apartment this week.  In less than six months, two Montevallo students have died and one is still missing.

The deceased student was identified as Matthew Strickland, 22, of Huntsville. Police say the cause of death is undetermined and no foul play is suspected.

University officials released a statement saying, "The University of Montevallo takes seriously the well-being and developmental needs of all of our students.  Although tragedies are rare in our family, when they occur, it impacts all of us.  A wide range of services and support systems are available to students, as well as to faculty and staff."

Students said while all of the recent deaths have touched everyone on this close knit campus, everyone has worked to support each other.  Students said they hope the situation doesn't reflect poorly on the school they love.

"You never know what was going on behind the scenes," said Montevallo sophomore Timothy McMillan. "You can't put that on the campus, the atmosphere or things we do here."

"It's a great place," said Montevallo Junior Kimbrell Lee. "I know no matter what happens, no matter how bad life gets you will have a tight knit group of friends to comfort you."

Montevallo police continue to investigate the case. They also continue to follow leads in the disappearance of Bobby Hardin, 25, who has been missing since March.

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