BUIES CREEK, N.C. (WNCN) – Campbell University is mourning the death of 18-year-old student Ezra Goldbach.
Goldbach, a freshman, fell from the third story window of Kitchin Hall, an on-campus dorm, late Thurday. The Harnett County Sheriff’s Office is investigating how he came to fall.
He was a Stokes County native and was in his first year at Campbell Business School’s PGA golf management program.
“It’s an extremely emotional time for the university,” said Britt Davis, the university’s vice president of institutional advancement. “You know incidents like this just don’t happen very often in a place like Campbell University. It’s a family here. It’s a family environment with the students, faculty and the staff. A loss of any member of this community is just heartbreaking for us.”
Students said they’re shocked by the loss.
“It was pretty crazy to just walk by and see all of the activity and everyone out there and everyone talking about it,” said Campbell University student Andrew Turlington. “It’s a big shock to the community and I know we are going to be doing something for him. Hopefully the family knows we care about him.”
In a statement, Campbell University President J. Bradley Creed said, “The news of a sudden and tragic death in a close-knit community is difficult for all of us to bear, especially for those closest to the one who dies.”
Thursday night, students came together to pray for Goldback and his family.
“It’s just a really difficult moment right now for a lot of people,” said student Christopher Joseph. “There are a lot of heavy hearts now. Everyone is still trying to cope with the situation.”