Cause Released In ECU Student Death

Wilmington police say a 20 year old East Carolina student died from a subarachnoid hemorrhage. In layman's terms, a blood vessel ruptured near the brain. Experts say it can be genetic or caused from an injury.

Samuel Flinn was found dead early Sunday morning. A police spokeswoman says there had been a fight involving several men a short time before Flinn was discovered dead.

Police say no charges have filed at this time. Authorities say they are working closely with the district attorney and a decision about what charges will be filed, if any, will be made in consultation with the D.A.'s office.

Here are the police news releases from Wilmington Police:

September 24, 2007

Preliminary Autopsy Results Released

This is an update on the case involving the death of Samuel Paul Flinn, age 20.

Based on today's autopsy, the medical examiner has determined the cause of death to be subarachnoid hemorrhage. Toxicology results are not yet available.

No charges have been placed at this time. The Wilmington Police Department notified the District Attorney at the outset of the investigation and we have worked closely together since that time. The decision about what charges will be filed, if any, will be made in consultation with the District Attorney’s Office.

The investigation of this incident is ongoing. Anyone with information about the case should call the Wilmington Police Department at 910-343-3600.

UPDATED Sunday, Sept. 23, 5:50 p.m.

The Wilmington Police Department has released the name of the young man who died early this morning at Carleton Place. He was Samuel Paul Flinn, 20, of Winston-Salem. He was a student at East Carolina University. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday. There will be no further updates on this case tonight.

Original report from Sunday morning:

Early this morning, Sunday, September 23, there was an altercation at Carleton Place, near campus. Several UNCW students were involved. One person died; it was not a UNCW student. The cause of death is unclear at this time. No weapons were present, and no suspects are being sought. The university community was not in danger at any time. The matter is under investigation by the Wilmington Police Department. The WPD issued the following press release:

Wilmington Police Department News Release

Sunday, September 23, 2007 - 9:00 a.m.

The Wilmington Police Department is investigating a suspicious death that occurred early Sunday morning.

The body of a 20-year-old man was found in front of a townhouse at 5006 Carleton Place at about 1:30 a.m. The cause of death was not immediately apparent. An autopsy will be performed. (Due to the weekend, we are uncertain when the autopsy will be scheduled).

The victim's identity is being withheld until family members can be notified. He was from out of town and was visiting a friend here this weekend.

Witnesses reported that there had been an altercation involving several men a short time before the body was found. Anyone with information about this case should call the Wilmington Police Department at 910-343-3600.

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  • by bonita mcdonald Location: winston-salem on Sep 25, 2007 at 06:34 PM
    I've known Sam since he was in my son's kindergarten class @ Calvary Baptist Day School.He was a sweet boy w/a sweet spirit, and a wonderful family that would do anything for their children. Sam will be greatly missed.My thoughts & prayers are w/The Flinns.The McDonalds
  • by Albini Location: Clemmons on Sep 25, 2007 at 10:32 AM
    i knew this kid since middle school... Out of everyone i know i think he is one of the kids that definently did not deserve this.. I know i sure as hell deserve it more then he does.. I know one things for sure. We all like to scrap a little bit out here but i dont think anyone is going to be fighting anymore from our group... In the words of his strong mother.. Just walk away and Sammy Would want all of us to live our days as if they were our last.. Keep his family in your prayers..
  • by Ferdinand Location: Greenville on Sep 24, 2007 at 11:52 PM
    I didn't know him as long as other friends, but I knew he was a good kid, we'll all miss him; he was a good character to have with you...
  • by Jenn Location: greenville,NC on Sep 24, 2007 at 11:49 PM
    I didn't know sambo that well but i hung out with him a few times and he was an awesome person just to hang out with and I am so sorry that this happened to him. He did not deserve this and i hope that he rests in peace

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