A Jewish Tulane freshman identified as Jake Vandercar, 18, was confirmed as a victim of suicide by Tulane University president Mike Fitts on Thursday, August 29, 2019.
According to the news site for the campus newspaper, The Tulane Hullabaloo, Vandercar, a resident of the hamlet of Bedford Hills in New Bedford, New York, was a student living in Sharp Hall where the incident occurred. Emergency medical team members dispatched to an emergency call there found Vandercar unresponsive and rushed him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Vandercar is the son of Eric Vandercar, who was one of six people killed in the Vahhalla train crash four years ago on February 3, 2015.
President Fitts notified the Tulane community of the death in an email sent during the afternoon of the incident. “Though he was a member of the Tulane family for only a brief time, Jake touched the lives of many on our campus,” Fitts wrote. “His loss is a devastating blow as we begin the new academic year. The thoughts and prayers of the entire community are with Jake’s loved ones and friends during this most difficult time.”
Vandercar is survived by his mother and a sister.