Students react to GSU death

Crime & Safety

Unanswered questions remain surrounding the death of a student at Georgia Southern University.

Tuesday night the Georgia Southern Police Department called the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) for a death investigation. 

They say 20-year-old Malik Jones was found dead at his on-campus Freedom’s Landing apartment. School officials say he was a junior majoring in management.

Destiny Davis didn’t know Jones personally. But she is also a junior and lives two floors above Jones.

She tells News 3 she was in bed when it all unfolded. 

“I thought that it was just an incident that happened in disagreement or somebody’s car got broken. Because I didn’t see anyone crying or anything or seemed like it was a big deal,” Davis said.
“So I’m like what’s going on?” 

She went to her balcony to see the flashing lights. Wednesday, she learned through social media her neighbor was dead.

This isn’t the first time a student was found dead at this Georgia Southern apartment complex. In May, Bradley Frietas was found dead in his apartment. GBI says he died of an accidental overdose.

Davis says these incidents don’t change how she feels about safety. 

“You know that’s natural to feel worried and, you know, feel for your safety,” she said. 

She commends campus police for doing everything they can to ensure the students’ safety but says some things can’t be prevented.

“My only advice is like the buddy system. Make sure you go with pairs or a group of people. Make sure you check in and out with even your roommate or someone on campus just in case you don’t come back.”

The GBI says the autopsy is complete. But that information won’t be released until additional forensics tests are completed.


University officials are addressing the death of a student found deceased in his on-campus apartment Tuesday.

News 3 received the following statement from Georgia Southern:

“It is with sadness that we inform you of the passing of our student, Malik Dante Jones. Malik was a junior in the management program on the Statesboro Campus. Our thoughts are with Malik’s family, friends and classmates.

Support is available to our students through the Counseling Center.”

Students can find out more about counseling options on the university’s website here.


Authorities are investigating the death of a Georgia Southern student, who was found deceased in his apartment on Tuesday evening.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), identified the student as Malik Jones, 20. He was found around 8:00 p.m. in his apartment in Freedom’s Landing, a student apartment complex.

The Georgia Southern Police Department responded and called in GBI for assistance.

A medical examiner performed an autopsy on Wednesday to determine the cause and manner of death. The results are pending.

The GBI is conducting an ongoing investigation in collaboration with the Georgia Southern Police Department. Anyone with information is urged to contact the GBI Statesboro office at 912-871-1121.

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