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Message regarding Saipriya Rangavajhula

Vice President for Student Affairs Ginger Ambler sent the following message to the campus community Feb. 3. - Ed.

Dear William & Mary Community,

With a heavy heart I am writing to let you know of a student death in our community. In the early morning hours today, the body of sophomore Saipriya Rangavajhula was found in a Ludwell apartment; her family has been notified and the police do not suspect foul play. 

A 2013 graduate of Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach, VA, Saipriya first enrolled at William and Mary in the fall of that year.  She had not yet declared a major, and was not enrolled at William & Mary this semester.  According to her friends, Saipriya was “a deep-thinker and a deep-feeler. She loved to laugh and to bring laughter out in others.”  Her friends also remember her as being a great storyteller. More than anything, relationships were important to her – she was there for others and did all she could to help others feel good about themselves.

Since learning this tragic news, members of the student affairs staff and W&M Police have been on campus offering direct assistance to those who were closest to Saipriya.  The Dean of Students Office, the Counseling Center, Residence Life staff, campus ministers, and my office are available on a priority basis for those who need us. As always, counselors are on call on a 24-hour basis and can be reached after office hours by calling the campus dispatcher at 221-4596. I will send a follow-up message in the coming days once we have information from Saipriya’s family about funeral and/or memorial arrangements.

This is a heartbreaking time for the Rangavajhula family and for all of us who are part of the extended William & Mary community.  I know you join me in extending our deepest sympathies to Saipriya’s family and friends. 


Ginger Ambler