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Notice to the community

W&M Vice President for Student Affairs Ginger Ambler sent the following messages to the campus community. - Ed.

March 27, 2019

Dear W&M Community,

The funeral for Nate Evans is scheduled to take place this Friday, March 29th at 11:00 a.m. at The Life Church RVA, 5515 Bryce Lane, Richmond, VA 23224. 

The Athletics Department is providing transportation for the football team and coaches. My office will provide bus transportation to and from the funeral for any other members of the student community, if there is expressed interest. The bus would leave Kaplan Arena parking lot at 9:00 a.m. Friday and return to campus by 2:00 p.m. that afternoon. If you plan to attend the funeral and would like to use this bus transportation, please notify my office (studentaffairs@wm.edu) no later than 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 28.

Many people have asked how best to support Nate's family during this time. Written expressions of sympathy may be directed to the Athletics department – they will compile our cards and letters to be sent to the family. 

The Family of Nate Evans

c/o William & Mary Athletics

P.O. Box 399

Williamsburg, VA  23187

Additionally, the Tribe Football Parents Club has created a GoFundMe page to help defray funeral costs and to support the causes that were most important to Nate. The fund will be managed by Nate’s sister, Nena Evans Facison.

Sincerely,

Ginger Ambler

March 22, 2019

Dear W&M Community,

It is with deep sadness that I am writing to tell you of the death of one of our students, Nathan A. Evans, a sophomore from Mechanicsville, Virginia. The university was notified this morning by Nate’s next of kin that he died last night in Norfolk. A running back with the W&M football team, Nate was a valued member of the Tribe both on and off the field.  He ranked second on the team in rushing during his sophomore season.  Though he had yet to declare a major, Nate was interested in a career in public or global health and aspired to major in Kinesiology.  He was studying geology, American studies, film studies, and history this semester.

Since learning this tragic news, athletics department leadership and coaches, as well as student affairs staff have been offering direct assistance to those who were closest to Nate. The Dean of Students Office, the Counseling Center, campus ministers, and my office are on-call throughout the weekend and available on a priority basis for those who need us. Counselors can be reached any time by phone at 757-221-3620. I will send a follow-up message in the coming days once we have information from the family about funeral and/or memorial arrangements. A campus-wide gathering is being planned for Monday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m. on the football field at Zable Stadium.

Our hearts are broken for Nate’s teammates, friends and family. W&M is a very close community, and what affects one of us affects us all. Nate will be greatly missed.

Sincerely,

Ginger Ambler