Police: subzero temps contributed to UVM student's death

Published: Feb. 2, 2019 at 6:58 PM EST
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An autopsy is scheduled Monday on the body of a University of Vermont student found dead in Burlington parking lot.

UVM students are in shock after learning about the death of fellow student Connor Gage, 19.

"It's really sad, just at a loss for words basically," said William Walsweer, a freshman at UVM.

"I haven't been able to really process it. I didn't know him, but it's hard to hear about a loss in your community," said Olivia Mead, a UVM freshman.

Police say Gage was cutting through an Old North End parking lot around 2 a.m. Saturday. That's where he was found hours later, unresponsive.

"We believe he attempted to climb the fence but was unsuccessful and fell back into the snow bank," Burlington Deputy Police Chief Jon Murad said.

It's unclear why Gage was cutting through the parking lot on North Winooski Avenue and where he was going.

Police say the night Gage was out in the cold, temperatures were below zero and he was alone and not properly dressed.

Emergency responders are now reminding the public that freezing temperatures can be dangerous if not prepared.

"If you have extreme cold temperatures, it could be quick, minutes could make a difference," Burlington Deputy Fire Chief Robert Plante said.

Now, the community is coping with the loss.

"I think people are just shocked that that happened," said Grace Sandersox, a sophomore at UVM.

The college is offering counseling to students Monday.

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