By ANDREAS BUTLER AND ASHLEY THOMAS
The Bethune-Cookman University family mourned the death of a 23-year-old marching band member this week after he died at a house party near the campus.
Grief counselors were on campus Monday to help students and faculty in need of support after the May 6 death of sophomore Primas Foulks, a mass communications major from Columbia, S.C. Foulks was found unresponsive by friends during a party at Lake Forrest Apartments.
According to a Daytona Beach Police Department (DBPD) report, four witnesses gave statements explaining the events leading up to Foulks’ death during the early morning hours of May 6.
Witnesses say Foulks arrived at the party drinking alcohol and later “began to vomit and started sweating a lot.” The witnesses told officers they tried to help Foulks by asking him to sit down, to which he continued “jumping around.” Shortly afterward, he passed out on the living room floor, according to the report.
At this point, witnesses say they thought he was asleep. When he was checked on about 10 minutes later, he did not have a pulse and 911 was called. One witness also began performing CPR.
Responding officers were dispatched at 1:13 a.m. and upon arrival several chest compressions were given. Fire Rescue pronounced Foulks deceased at 1:23 a.m. Witnesses from the party were either unavailable or refused comment.
“On behalf of the entire university family, we extend our condolences to Mr. Foulks’ family and loved ones and we will lift them up in prayer during this incredibly difficult time,” Bethune-Cookman President Trudie-Kibbe Reed said in a written statement.
The official cause of death was not released by the medical examiner by the Daytona Times’ deadline Wednesday night.
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Students have taken to Twitter and Facebook to share their thoughts of Foulks with at least one student sharing a clip of a vigil held May 7 in his honor.
B-CU’s Student Government Association (@BCU_SGA) asked students not to speak to the media concerning the passing of Foulks. However, a band member who asked not to be identified wished to express his condolences over the loss of a friend. “It’s sad. We lost a friend and a brother. We are all trying to deal with it.”
Student Keila Cox told the Times, “I was hoping that it had nothing to do with pledging to a Greek organization and that it was only a rumor,” she said, referring to the November hazing death of Florida A&M student Robert Champion. “I hope that it didn’t, but as far as I have heard there is nothing like that going on here on campus with our Greek organizations.”
“It’s not clear if drinking caused his death, but we don’t have anyone here to talk to us (about drinking) and many freshmen don’t really know what is going on when they get here. We need such a class. I knew about drinking because two weeks before I came to college my sister got me drunk. She did it to show me how it feels and to teach me that I need to know my limit.”
Brandon Warren, a student at B-CU said about the death, “It’s crazy, one minute you’re here and another minute you are gone.”
Warren believes a measure should be taken for college students to learn more about alcohol and sex.
“I think that we should have something outside of academics to talk to us about things like drinking as well as sex, hobbies, where it’s safe to hang out, peer pressure, etc.,” he added.