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Death of Lawrenceville College Student Not Yet Ruled Murder

Jasmine Cathleen Benjamin was found dead in a study room at Valdosta State College. Her funeral is planned for this week.

On Sunday, Nov. 18, 17 year old  Jasmine Cathleen Benjamin was found unresponsive on a couch in a study room at Valdosta State College, according to authorities. The Valdosta Daily Times reports Benjamin's death has not been definitively ruled a murder. 

“We are treating it as a homicide based off information and concerns provided by the medical examiner,” told Valdosta Police Department Cmdr. Brian Childress to the local paper. 

Childress told the Times that they do not have the information necessary to call it a "murder" yet and are reluctant to do so. 

Valdosta Police are working with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and not the FBI as other media outlets had previously reported.

VPD also have not identified a definitive suspect. “We have not identified anybody at this point that we are ready to arrest,” said Childress to the Times.

Benjamin was a freshman at Valdosta State with plans to become a nurse one day.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, her funeral is scheduled for Thursday at 6pm at Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home’s Gwinnett Chapel, 914 Scenic Highway, Lawrenceville.

Diane Powell November 26, 2012 at 10:59 PM
This article is confusing. What was the cause of death? They are treating it a homicide, based on the medical eximaners report, yet they don't want to classify it as a "murder." Homocide is murder. What is going on?
Diane Powell November 26, 2012 at 11:06 PM
I meant "examiners" and should have written "homicide."
Vanzetta Evans November 26, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Diane, not all homicide is murder. In a homicide, a person can be killed by any means including an accident. In a murder, there was an intent to kill and the killer wanted the victim to die. They're waiting on the medical examiner's report and more information before they can determine if it was homicide or a murder. But for now, they are treating it as a homicide.
Msgoff November 28, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Excellent explanation of homicide and murder!

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