Trinity University cheerleader dead; many questions remain

Trinity University cheerleader dead. (SBG Photo)

SAN ANTONIO – Trinity University is mourning the loss of one of their own students. Earlier this week, the school sent an email to the Trinity community, confirming the death of sophomore cheerleader Cayley Mandadi.

“It was a little bit of a shock,” said Clint Schroeder a senior at Trinity. “Especially since I’m friends with a lot of her good friends.”

“Earlier this morning, we learned of the tragic death of sophomore Cayley Mandadi,” said Trinity President Danny Anderson in an email sent to students on Wednesday. “There are no words to adequately convey our shock and dismay at the sudden loss of one so vibrant and vital to our community. While I wish I could provide the answers we all seek about how and why something like this could happen, few details are yet available. Our focus now must be on supporting Cayley’s family, friends and classmates as we grieve her loss.”

Many students tell us, there could be unusual circumstances surrounding her death. Classmates that didn’t want to speak on camera say it wasn’t a suicide.

The San Antonio Police Department was available for comment, but not completely aware of the situation.

“Trinity only told [us] that they handled the incident,” said a representative from the San Antonio Police Department. “SAPD did not have any part of this Investigation.”

When we reached out to Trinity’s police, they forwarded us to speak with a school representative, who provided a written statement.

“The Trinity community has suffered an unbearable loss, and our primary focus today is on supporting the student’s family, friends and classmates as we cope with this tragic news,” said Sharon Schweitzer the school’s Assistant Vice President for External Relations. “Unfortunately, we have few details to share other than to confirm this tragic loss.”

On Friday morning, Scwheitzer told News 4 San Antonio that Mandadi’s death did not happen on campus or in San Antonio and the investigation is being handled by the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Texas Rangers unit. The Trinity Police Department is assisting only as needed.

A statement from the school read,” Because the incidents that led to Cayley’s death occurred off campus, we are aware of very few details. We understand that the Texas Rangers are conducting an investigation, and we expect to be kept apprised of any information that is relevant to our own campus, but do not have any updates at this time. Our focus continues to be on honoring Cayley’s memory and supporting her family, friends and classmates as they cope with this devastating loss.”

While many questions still remain, Trinity is offering counseling services to those who need it.

“I ask that you join me in offering our most heartfelt condolences to Cayley’s family, and to help us find ways to honor her life and find meaning and purpose in her passing,” said Anderson.

“A young girl tragically lost her life,” said Schroeder. “We all just have to rally together, and stay strong together.”