PITTSBURGH — Duquesne University is responding to a mother’s plea for information in the sudden and unexpected death of her son.
Marquis Jaylen Brown died Oct. 5 after jumping from the 16th floor of a residence hall on the university’s Uptown campus.
At a memorial service Monday near Washington, D.C., Brown’s mother said she’s still yearning for closure and has not gotten any answers from the university.
"I just want to know what happened so I can grieve him but now, I just want to fight for him," said Danelle Brown.
On Tuesday, the university released a statement saying in part, “Duquesne University shares the family’s interest in determining the cause of this tragedy and continues to cooperate fully with the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police in its ongoing investigation.”
Brown had just celebrated his 21st birthday when he died.
His mother said when she talked with him the night before his death, he was still beaming from his birthday celebration.
"I've asked questions: what, where, when, how and why?" Brown said. "And I have not gotten any answers from the university."
- Police identify mom, child, man found dead in New Castle home
- Where, when to watch drawing for $667 million Mega Millions jackpot
- Vegas brothel owner, GOP candidate Dennis Hof found dead
- VIDEO: Mother demanding answers in son's death at Duquesne University
- DOWNLOAD the Channel 11 News app for breaking news alerts
Here is the full statement released Tuesday by Duquesne University:
© 2021 Cox Media Group