Monday, December 4, 2023

William & Mary Community Notified of Death of Freshman at Botetourt Complex

Botetourt Complex (Courtesy photo/William & Mary)
Botetourt Complex (Courtesy photo/William & Mary)

WILLIAMSBURG — A William & Mary freshman died Thursday at the Botetourt Complex, according to a notice to the community by Vice President for Student Affairs Ginger Ambler sent via email to WYDaily.

The W&M Police Department responded early this morning to a medical emergency at the Botetourt Complex, according to the notice.

“With a heavy heart I write to inform you of the death of Alexander Gil, a freshman from Arlington, Va.,” Ambler wrote.

The cause of his death has yet to be determined by the medical examiner, but no foul play is suspected.

Gil was a graduate of Yorktown High School in Arlington, and was described as a talented, active student. He played center field for both the JV and varsity baseball teams. He was also a member of the swim team and served as a referee for the Arlington Soccer Association, according to the notice.

At William & Mary, he was a member of the Chess Club.

“An extremely friendly person, Alex was looking forward to making a positive change in the world, and he loved everything about International Relations,” according to the notice.

Members of the student affairs staff and the W&M Police have been offering direct assistance to those who were closest to Alex, W&M said. The Dean of Students Office, the Counseling Center, Residence Life, campus ministers, and Ambler’s office are available for those who need assistance. Counselors can be reached anytime by phone at 757-221-3620.

Ambler said a follow-up message would be sent in the coming days with information about funeral and/or memorial arrangements.

“It is heartbreaking to lose a member of our community, and such tragedies remind us of how connected we are with one another at William & Mary. Any news like this affects us all. I know you join me in extending deepest sympathies to Alex’s family and his many friends,” Ambler wrote.

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