Jasmine Benjamin, a 17-year-old Valdosta State University freshman, was found dead in her dormitory on November 18, but her parents weren’t immediately notified and found out about their daughter’s death on Facebook.
Benjaminâ€™s mother, Judith, and her stepfather, James, told CBS Atlanta that university officials didn’t notify them about their daughterâ€™s death. They say they found out their daughter had passed from a friendâ€™s Facebook post.
“For someone to be so insensitive not to reach out to the family, or not even to keep up with whatâ€™s going on because itâ€™s a holiday and youâ€™re going away on vacation or whatever youâ€™re doing â€” itâ€™s very, very hurtful to say the least,â€ť James said.
Benjamin, 17, wasÂ found dead on a couchÂ in her dormâ€™s common study room area. The case has become a homicide investigation because police suspect that she may not have died there, but that her body was moved to that location. The police say her death went unnoticed for 12 hours because her dorm mates thought she was just sleeping on the study room couch.
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