The Denison community gathered in Swasey Chapel Saturday night (Feb. 8) at 11:30 upon hearing the news that David Hallman ’14 had been found dead in the village after a day of searching for the 21-year-old from Erie, Pa.
Hallman had last been seen leaving Brews Café in Granville around 2 a.m. on Saturday. When his family and friends hadn’t heard from him later that day, his father called the Granville Police Department, who in turn, notified Denison, and both GPD and the college launched searches throughout the village.
At this time, Hallman’s cause of death is under investigation, but according to local authorities, it’s likely that David succumbed to hypothermia. Sgt. Keith Blackledge of GPD told the Newark Advocate that David “likely died of exposure.” The Advocate reported that “authorities don’t suspect foul play.”
“This is tragic,” President Adam Weinberg told the students gathered in Swasey last night, “but the strength of our community lies in how we come together in times like these. We are strong in moments of joy and celebration, but we are also strong in moments of sorrow and loss. Tonight we all need to be there for each other.”
Counselors and clergy were made available to students Saturday night, and will continue to be available for as long as needed.
Today, we remember Hallman: A senior majoring in history and minoring in economics, and a friend to many throughout the community. We grieve with his family and encourage all who knew Dave to come together as a community and remember his friendly demeanor and his ability to make others laugh.
UPDATE: Funeral arrangements have now been set.
Friends may call at the Burton Westlake Funeral Home, 3801 West 26th St. (at Powell Ave.) in Erie, Pa., on Wednesday, Feb. 12, between 1 and 4 p.m., and 5:30 and 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Jude the Apostle Church, 2801 West 6th St., Erie, Pa., on Thursday, Feb. 13, at 11 a.m. with the Very Rev. John J. Detisch, V.F. officiating. In addition, there will be a memorial for the Denison campus community at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Swasey Chapel.
An obituary can now be found on the funeral home website.