US NEWS | University of Iowa college student found D3ad near his dorm, likely frozen to death offic

US NEWS | University of Iowa college student found D3ad near his dorm, likely frozen to death  offic


US NEWS | University of Iowa college student found D3ad near his dorm, likely frozen to death offic An eastern Iowa community is grieving an 18 year old college student who local officials believe died after exposure to the subzero temperatures pervading the Midwest. Gerald Belz was a first year student from Cedar Rapids on the pre medicine track at the University of Iowa. The circumstances surrounding his death remain murky, but university police said they found the freshman unresponsive near a campus building just before 3 a.m. Wednesday. He later died at a hospital. Police do not suspect foul play and think Belzs death was linked to the extreme cold in Iowa that morning, the university said in a statement. Temperatures were minus 21 degrees with a wind chill of minus 55 at the time Belz was found, according to data from the National Weather Service. Historically cold weather across the Midwest has been linked to in recent days, a number that will likely continue to climb. [He was] quiet but tough, but he was a very compassionate individual, Geralds father, Michael Belz, , adding that his son aspired to be a cardiologist or a neurosurgeon. Michael Belz also described his son as a mamas boy with a tough exterior, . A spokesman with the local medical examiners office said Thursday more tests were needed to determine exactly how Belz died, a process that will likely take several weeks. Michael Belz has stressed in interviews that no alcohol was found in his sons system at the time he died but the grieving father said he still has questions. I know some things that Im not making public right now that really dont make sense to me or the rest of his family concerning the circumstances of his passing, Belz told KWWL. He could not be reached for comment Thursday. The younger Belz came home for the weekend before returning to school to wait out the worst of the storm, At the time, I thought that was the smart move, Belz said. I didnt want him to get stuck somewhere driving. So he decided he would stay. Gerald Belz sent his girlfriend a message at about 12:30 Wednesday indicating that he was going to bed and that he did not plan on going out that night because of the weather, his father told KWWL. It remains unclear why the young man ventured out into the frigid cold, which has been blamed for deaths in Milwaukee, Detroit and Rochester, Minnesota. Halsey Hall, where Belz was found, is just a short walk from his dorm, the Times reported. Belz had been on the football team at his high school, Cedar Rapids Kennedy, and while Belzs father told KCRG his son was never very good and typically warmed the bench, the impact he had on his teammates was indelible. Certainly he did things the right way, Brian White, head football coach at Kennedy High, told KCRG. You come across kids that arent necessarily the star but still do everything they possibly can to help you out. Everybodys certainly going to be affected by this, he added. An eastern Iowa community is grieving an 18 year old college student who local officials believe died after exposure to the subzero temperatures pervading the Midwest. Gerald Belz was a first year student from Cedar Rapids on the pre medicine track at the University of Iowa. The circumstances surrounding…

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  1. May he rest in peace. It almost happened to me when I was six. "I pray Thee not to turn away from Thyself this spirit that hath ascended unto Thee, unto Thy heavenly place, Thine exalted Paradise and Thy retreats of nearness, O Thou who art the Lord of all men!.." ~ Baha'i Prayer

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