Jacob Anderson, U of M student found dead near Stone Arch Bridge, may have frozen

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Photo of Jacob Anderson via WCCO on Twitter.
Just over a week after 19-year-old UMD student Alyssa Jo Lommel was found nearly frozen to death after a night outside in below-zero temperatures, an even worse fate befell 19-year-old University of Minnesota-Twin Cities freshman Jacob Anderson.

Anderson, from Orono, has been identified as the person Minneapolis police found dead early yesterday morning. The Star Tribune, citing police, reports that Anderson "may have frozen to death." Temperatures Saturday night into Sunday morning dipped below zero.

First, here's an MPD statement released early yesterday, before Anderson's identity was revealed:
At 8:45 a.m. this morning, Minneapolis Police received a 911 call of unresponsive person lying on the ground. Officers responded to the area of 6th Avenue SE and Main Street and located a young adult male lying on the riverbank, just east of the Stone Arch Bridge. The male was deceased and at this time, foul play is not suspected.
Publicly, at least, authorities haven't yet released any information about Anderson's cause of death or the chain of events leading up to his body being found outside.

Anderson was goalie for the Orono High School lacrosse team during their state championship run earlier this year. He was enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and lived in Pioneer Hall, the Strib reports.

In a statement released after his death was publicly announced, Raymond Duvall, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts, said, "We share this grief as a community. Out of this moment of sadness, let's all make a special effort to watch out for and take care of each other."

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TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours

sad story, all the worse far the family if it turns out he was drunk.

Jennifer Lynn
Jennifer Lynn

Kendra, no she was in Duluth and is in critical condition. May lose her hands.

Kendra Kocsis
Kendra Kocsis

Is this related to the college student that was found on a doorstep or whatever a few days ago?

Louis Chavez
Louis Chavez

This is so sad .My family has yours in our prayers.

MrGasso
MrGasso

Please People: Wherever you go....go with someone. Shopping, walking, drinking whatever. Take a Battle Buddy. No excuse for these type of tragedies. Going Solo is DANGEROUS. For those who would "ditch" a friend, Shame on You.

Elia Read
Elia Read

@Kat Coats , you should be absolutely ashamed of yourself for chalking up the death of ANYONE,let alone a teen, as "survival of the fittest." (I omitted your spelling mistake). The fact that you can say something so rude and blatantly disrespectful shows such an ugly side of you and of humanity that perhaps you shouldn't speak on public statuses like this lest more people see this heartless part of you. Now is not the time for that judgement. It's none of your business and the most you should do is have a moment of silence and give a second to think of the pain his family must be experiencing right now. I pray they don't see your callous comment. RIP to someone taken too soon.

Angela Rowland
Angela Rowland

I went to HS with his father and have 2 sons of similar age. I can not imagine what the Andersons are going through. My brain just can't go there. And I can not believe the thoughtless things that some are posting here. Don't they realize the pain this family is in? Bunch of thoughtless jerks who show no compassion to a family in the midst of a life altering tragedy. I agree, SHAME on those who can't show compassion at a time like this.

Marlee Danger Mayo
Marlee Danger Mayo

Exactly Kelly.. For all of you misinformed, inconsiderate, and just plain rude people that are posting on this think of how you're making his friends and family feel think of how you're making all of us feel

Kelly McNutt
Kelly McNutt

Even if it turns out that way, the lack of compassion is still appalling.

Julie Lynn Jorgenson
Julie Lynn Jorgenson

NO where does it say he had been drinking. You should all be ashamed of yourselves. A family has lost their loved one at Christmas time. Show some compassion.

Kaia Rubin
Kaia Rubin

The brain isn't even fully developed until after 25 so, yeah being a mom of two children in the same age group I'd say most kids until then need constant babysitting. If it's not this tragedy it's something else, being robbed beaten or falling in the river. Plenty of times I've been ditched by friends after being out drinking when I was in college and very fortunate that nothing horrible happened to me. Point is people need to start looking after each other, this includes bar / restaurant staff, bystanders in the area & police .

Yankee Doodle Pablo
Yankee Doodle Pablo

Careful what you say on City Pages. Teenie magazines like Cosmo are doing screen grabs from this FB page and publishing them out of context to demonize anyone who is critical of teenage binge drinking.

Marlee Danger Mayo
Marlee Danger Mayo

Wait until autopsy results then you can start making your cruel, awful judgments

Marlee Danger Mayo
Marlee Danger Mayo

All of you need to stop judging and just have a moment of silence, for his family And friends! Maybe he was but regardless his friends didn't make sure he got home or had someone to walk with. It's just sickening. I've known him since he was 4.. Even if he was drunk he was the most amazing kid

Lola House
Lola House

This is so sad. wtf is going on with these kids?!

L.A.Nik
L.A.Nik

21 year old kids need a babysitter when out drinking. Bars and clubs should step up and have a watchful eye. Most drunk kids do not have personal responsibility traits yet Stephen. It is against the law in this state to serve someone intoxicated. Just saying.

Kaia Rubin
Kaia Rubin

I can't tell you how many blacked out college students I've had to help over the past 20 yrs by either calling police to get them to detox or helping them to their house before they fall in the river or get hurt by other means. It's a fucking problem. It's been a problem for years. Yes bars OVER POUR, I've seen it first hand. Also why are people NOT dressing for the weather? You live where you can easily freeze your ass off in sub zero temps & DIE. What is wrong with people ?? Put some damn clothes on! Eeesh!

Patrick Kane
Patrick Kane

That's tragic. Thoughts and prayers to his friends and family. May he rest peacefully.

Dawn Bell
Dawn Bell

So Sorry we are losing are young so soon.

Jason Gabbert
Jason Gabbert

You'll only stop hearing stories like this when society no longer glorifies excessive alcohol use, especially among young people. Sooner or later, these "kids" are going to have to learn that alcohol does not make you cool or guarantee you a good time. Until then, we'll retain the status quo.

Mariano Garcia
Mariano Garcia

Totally agree with you on teaching under 21 y/o's to drink responsibly. Drinking under 21 is so taboo in this country, but in Europe, drinking is part of the culture and people have been drinking responsibly since age 16!

Robert Salas
Robert Salas

It's time the district had a meeting and inform the community with safety precautions. No judgements just awareness. Poor kid.

Stephen John Henninger
Stephen John Henninger

You have never seen someone served 20 shots that is just a lie. Plus there is a thing called personal responsiblity.

Terri Garcia
Terri Garcia

I live near the campus and I am also amazed at how people are running around with no coat hats scarfs or warm boots..so if your in this area especially at bar close or any early morning hours please keep your eyes open and call 911 if you have a concern better safe then sorry...

Onan
Onan

As of right now, there is no mention of alcohol. Do you have some insight into this matter? Should the police be in contact with you?

nriverson
nriverson

Where in the article does it say anything about drinking... you have like 3 comments on this thread bashing this tragic event.  Have respect for someones life.  Go take your sad lonely comments back to bullshit on facebook.

alsdkfj
alsdkfj

Drinking under 21 is taboo? Haha, yah right, it's basically understood that nearly everyone under 21 does anyway, especially if they're under 21. There may be issues with young people trying to hide this stuff, but let's not play the blame game. Besides, Europe definitely has its problems with alcohol. The ultimate responsibility lies with the subject at hand, sad though it may be.

nrupar1
nrupar1

I have seen this, several times.  I have personally have drank like that in my younger/stupider years.

williamcarllindsey
williamcarllindsey

@alsdkfj Just because it's "understood" doesn't mean it's not taboo. I think she is referring to the fact that this issue isn't addressed in public discourse. We just hide it under the rug and hope it goes away on it's own. The media on the whole likes to pretend it isn't a problem and that the 21+ law is enough.

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