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Sophomore and football player Augustus "Gus" Lee dies

<p>Sophomore Augustus “Gus” Lee was a redshirt freshman for the football team and a defensive back.&nbsp;</p>

Sophomore Augustus “Gus” Lee was a redshirt freshman for the football team and a defensive back. 

Editor's note: Parts of this story were removed to respect Lee and his family during this time. The Collegian will continue to serve the campus community as best it can and respect the tenets of ethical, honest and transparent journalism. 

Football player and sophomore Augustus “Gus” Lee has died, according to an email from President Ronald A. Crutcher sent to the university community on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

The date of death was Dec. 11, according to the Virginia Central District Medical Examiner's office.

Lee was from Fairfax, Virginia, and was an undeclared pre-business major, according to the email. 

Lee was a redshirt freshman for the football team and a defensive back. He had attended Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Virginia, according to the football roster

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Augustus Lee,” football head coach Russ Huesman said in a statement. “Gus was a terrific young man and a great member of our Richmond family. His loss is a true tragedy to those who knew and loved him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gus’ family. This is a very difficult time for everyone in the Richmond Spider family.”

Information about funeral arrangements will be announced by the Office of the Chaplaincy when the details are available, according to the email.

From 5 to 8 p.m. today, the chaplaincy will be hosting drop-in hours in the Spider Club Terrace in the Robins Center, according to the email. University counseling and other support staff will also be present.

“We extend our deepest sympathies to Gus’s family, his teammates, professors, and many friends on our campus,” Crutcher wrote in his email.  

Counseling and Psychological Services is located in Sarah Brunet Hall and can be reached at 804-289-8119. Students may walk-in during operating hours 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For on-campus emergencies, call URPD at 804-289-8911. The Office of the Chaplaincy can be reached at 804-289-8500 or 

Contact news editor Julia Raimondi at 

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