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Autopsy points to suicide

May 12, 2001

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Kansas University police on Friday released autopsy results that indicate Manish Prasad, a 20-year-old junior, killed himself Tuesday in his room at Ellsworth Residence Hall.

Prasad apparently died early Tuesday morning, the day before final exams began at KU.

KU police ruled the death an apparent suicide a day after an autopsy was completed by the Shawnee County coroner. Autopsy findings and evidence in the residence hall room indicated Prasad died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Several students living at Ellsworth declined to speak about the incident, but Randy Timm, assistant KU Housing director, said that Ellsworth staff members were continuing to help residents deal with the loss of Prasad, who Timm said was well-known throughout the residence halls.

"At times like this, communities kind of circle the wagons and try to heal themselves," Timm said.

Students trying to cope with Prasad's death should know help is available, if they need it, a counselor said.

Frank DeSalvo, director of KU's Counseling and Psychological Services, said students may notice symptoms of stress and not even notice that they were connected to the suicide. Symptoms such as sleeping difficulties, decreased appetite or the inability to concentrate could indicate stress but should fade within a day or two.

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