A Lafayette College official has confirmed that the campus public safety officers who found freshman McCrae Williams unconscious outside his dormitory Sunday afternoon were responding to a medical call for a student who had been drinking.
Williams, a 19-year-old freshman from Weston, Mass., who was recruited to play lacrosse at Lafayette, died Monday at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest of a head injury that he reportedly suffered in a fall.
Easton police have said only that Williams was involved in a “chain of events” that they believe began Saturday. They said Lafayette College officers found Williams when they responded to a medical emergency about 4:22 p.m. Sunday outside Ruef Hall North.
According to the Lafayette College Public Safety office’s crime log, campus officers responded to an alcohol-related call at Ruef Hall North at 4:22 p.m. Sunday, listing the nature of the call as “purch, consume, poss, trans of liquor.”
That call was to seek help for Williams, Mark Eyerly, a Lafayette spokesman, said Thursday night. “When our officers arrived, they were told that the student needing medical attention had been drinking; the officers logged the call as related to the purchase, consumption, possession or transportation of alcohol,” he said.
Police are interviewing numerous students to determine how Williams died, Northampton County First Deputy District Attorney Terence Houck said Thursday.
An autopsy found the cause of death as “blunt force head injuries.” Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said Williams had “no visible injuries” or obvious signs of trauma.
Williams sustained the injury in a fall, according to a letter to parents and students that was sent from the Massachusetts boarding school Williams had attended. A school spokeswoman said the information came from Williams’ parents.
Williams’ father, Chris, told NBC Boston that his son wanted to be a doctor or an investment banker. He said McCrae Williams’ organs were donated and will benefit five people.