Coroner releases cause of death for Loyola students

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Spokesmen for New Orleans Coroner Jeffrey Rouse have revealed the causes of death of two Loyola students who died last semester, Kyra Koman and Juliano Mastroianni.

According to Mason Harrison, Rouse’s former spokesman, Koman’s death has been attributed to an accidental overdose of multiple drugs.

Jason Melancon, Rouse’s current spokesman, has confirmed Mastroianni’s cause of death as a heroin overdose.

Koman, music freshman, was found unresponsive in Biever Hall the morning of Feb. 13. The New Orleans coroner pronounced the 19-year-old dead at the scene. A native of Winchester, Mass., Koman was known on campus for her musical talent and kindness.

Mastroianni, international business sophomore, was found dead in his bedroom in Cabra Hall the evening of April 14, according to a statement from the Rev. Kevin Wildes, S.J., university president. Mastroianni was the third Loyola student to die last semester, and was well-known on campus for his charming personality.

The coroner will give a presentation on heroin and opiates on Monday, Sept. 19 in Nunemaker Hall at 7 p.m.

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