Duquesne University, Danielle Brown reach settlement agreement in son’s death investigation

PITTSBURGH — Officials said Duquesne University and Danielle Brown have reached a settlement agreement related to the death of Brown’s son in 2018.

University officials said the terms of the agreement are not being disclosed.

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On Oct. 4, 2018, Brown’s son, Marquis, died after jumping 16 stories from a dorm window on campus. Brown continually questioned the university’s official reports of what happened that night. She started a hunger strike last July in an effort to pressure officials to reopen her son’s case.

“The University is satisfied that this matter is resolved and will continue to focus on the health and wellbeing of the entire Duquesne community,” officials said in a news release.

Here is a statement from the university:

“Our deepest condolences, thoughts, and prayers will forever be with the Brown Family,” said Duquesne University President Ken Gormley. “JB remains an important member of the Duquesne University community. The University will continue to take a proactive approach to cultivating a safe and socially conscious environment for our students.”

The University is satisfied that this matter is resolved and will continue to focus on the health and wellbeing of the entire Duquesne community. Ms. Brown appreciates the condolences offered by the University. Ms. Brown is pleased that the University has purchased body-worn cameras, enhanced its de-escalation training, and enhanced other training for its officers. In bringing this case to a close, Dannielle Brown will now devote her focus and energy to a broader mission of achieving social justice through the Marquis Jaylen Brown Foundation,” said Attorneys Paul Jubas and Max Petrunya.