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Investigation underway into Weston teen’s death at Pa. college

McCrae Williams, 19, of Weston, died Monday.

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McCrae Williams, 19, of Weston, died Monday.

A 19-year-old Weston man who was a freshman at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania died Monday, authorities said.

McCrae Williams, a graduate of Noble and Greenough School who had been recruited to play lacrosse, died at 5 p.m. Monday.

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Lafayette College police responded to a medical emergency Sunday afternoon outside of a Lafayette residence hall. Williams was taken to Easton Hospital and then transferred to Lehigh Valley Hospital, where he died, according to Easton, Pa., police.

The Easton police, Lafayette College police, the district attorney’s office, and the coroner are investigating. An autopsy is slated for Wednesday morning.

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“We activated [the investigation] last evening,” said Scott Grim, Lehigh County coroner. “Hopefully we can determine exactly why Mr. Williams, who is only 19 years old, died and what caused it.”

Investigators believe the chain of events leading up to the emergency call might have started sometime during the late afternoon Saturday. Easton police said investigators are trying to determine what caused the medical emergency.

At this time, they believe there is no threat to the public.

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According to a statement from Lafayette president Alison Byerly, Williams’s parents were with him in the hospital.

“Losing a member of the Class of 2021 is a heartbreaking start to the year for our newest students in particular,” Byerly said in the statement. “I hope that the support of the community will be helpful to all at this very sad time.”

A gathering will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday on the Lafayette College Quad, where grief counselors will be available.

Sophia Eppolito can be reached at sophia.eppolito@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @SophiaEppolito.
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