Police are reviewing surveillance video they hope will help with the investigation into the apparent drowning of a University of Vermont student over the weekend.
"Our dispatch was able to identify that there was a person who may be the subject of a drowning," said South Burlington Police Chief Trevor Whipple.
Derek Schueler, 21, was found face down in a pool at the Burlington Tennis Club. He later died at Fletcher Allen Health Care. Schueler and his friends sneaked into the pool after hours. "We believe that eight individuals were involved in this group -- decided to go swimming shortly after 4 a.m. and scaled the locked fence at the Burlington Tennis Club," Chief Whipple said.
Schueler was an exceptional hockey player at Burlington High School. He was also a senior at the University of Vermont majoring in finance, and a member of the Sigma Phi Society. UVM's Vice Provost for Student Affairs sent a letter out to students and faculty: "We extend our deepest condolences to Derek's family. Our sincere thoughts of care and sympathy are also extended to Derek's friends and to our faculty and staff who were close to him."
"Professionally and personally, you know, when a family looses someone, particularly at the beginning of their life, it's so incredibly tragic. Our sympathies are with the family and the friends," Chief Whipple said.
It is unclear if alcohol played a role in Schueler's death. The autopsy report and the toxicology report have not been released but when they are, they will provide details of what led to Schueler's death.
Police are asking kids and adults to think twice about potential dangers before taking any risks that could turn deadly. UVM is offering services to help family and friends deal with the loss of such a young life. The Burlington Tennis Club has declined to comment out of respect for the family.
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