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Police: MSU freshman found dead from excessive alcohol

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (WJBK) - A freshman student from Beijing, China was found dead in an off-campus apartment at Michigan State University Saturday. East Lansing police say excessive alcohol is likely the cause of Jiayi Dai's death.

The 19-year-old teen was hanging out with two young men had moved into an apartment at Pine Oak Lane Friday night. Neighbors describe a party where those inside were drinking and smoking.

Neighbor Sam Kandel said on Saturday morning he saw East Lansing police and fire outside the residence.

"A couple hours later, I saw them taking out a body bag," he said.

One neighbor describes hearing one roommate calling out her name that morning, asking her to wake up.

"Such a tragedy," Kandel said.

"It's just really sad," MSU student Britney Wise said. "This girl is my age and her life hasn't even started yet and it's gone."

Dai was absent for her freshman orientation today, one which other students say was not the same.

Michigan State University staff contacted Dai's family in China Saturday and say their thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. School officials added that counseling is being made available for members of the campus community.

Students at the welcome assembly Monday say MSU's president also reinforced the university's medical amnesty policy.
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