Student found dead at off-campus residence

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A university senior was found dead in his residence on Sunday, according to a Fort Worth Police report.

The Fort Worth Police Department was called to a residence in the 2800 block of Forest Park Boulevard at 8:41 Sunday evening. According to the Incident Report, an officer arrived on the scene in response to a call reporting a deceased person.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner confirmed the death of 21-year-old Stephen Scherer. According to a report released by the medical examiner's office, Scherer's manner of death was ruled as a suicide by gunshot wound.

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Don Mills said no information about the incident had been released to the student body as of Tuesday night. Information of this nature is not released until more information from the family is obtained, he said.

"We want to respect the privacy of the family, but there will be an e-mail coming out soon," Mills said.

Mills said an e-mail would be sent to the student body Wednesday.

Mills said Scherer was a senior health and fitness major at TCU.

"It's very sad and it's tragic when a member of our community is hurting so much that this appears to be the only solution that they can find," Mills said. "I think it diminishes all of us."

Sergeant Chad Mahaffey of the Fort Worth Police Department said the incident is currently under a follow-up investigation.

"Follow-up investigations involving deceased persons are conducted by the Fort Worth Police Homicide Unit," Mahaffey wrote in an e-mail. "The investigation will include the medical examiner's findings."

According to goarmysports.com, before Scherer was a student at TCU he attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and was a member of the USA Shooting Olympic team. Scherer placed 27th in air rifle at the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing.

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