Prayers are now going up for the family of 19-year-old freshman at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mark Dombroski, after the standout rugby player was found dead in Bermuda Monday, just days after competing in an international rugby tournament with his school’s team.
“The Saint Joseph’s University community is heartbroken tonight to learn from the Bermuda Police Services in Hamilton that student Mark Dombroski has died. We extend our deepest sympathies to the Dombroski family along with Mark’s teammates, classmates and friends,” the Jesuit university said in a statement released Monday night.
“Saint Joseph’s students in need of counseling or ministry have been informed of available services. The circumstances of Mark’s death are still under investigation by the BPS. During this difficult time, we ask for your understanding and that you respect the privacy of Mark’s family and friends,” the school added in the statement.
Officials told PHL17 that Mark’s body was found at the base of a colonial-era fort in a park not far from where he was last seen. According to police, he was last seen early Sunday morning at a bar named “The Dog House”. He was last seen wearing khaki pants and a green t-shirt and black shoes.
Detective Sgt. Jason Smith told Fox2Detroit that there was no evidence that Mark was drunk or that alcohol played any role in his disappearance.
Mark and his team were on the island for the 2018 Ariel Re Bermuda Intl 7s rugby tournament which ended on Saturday afternoon. He later went out with friends and family to socialize. Based on the evidence they have seen so far, Acting Assistance Commissioner of the Bermuda Police James Howard told reporters Monday that they had not ruled out murder as a cause of death.
“Foul play is not ruled out right now,” Howard said. “The forensic officers are there. They’re assessing the scene, assessing the body. And we will provide an update to you at some point (Tuesday).”
James also appealed for witnesses with information on Mark’s last known whereabouts to come forward.
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Source: Christian Post