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.